Prize guys and girls

Prize guys and girls

Middlesbrough Council and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) joined forces again earlier this year to find the best ideas in the town to qualify for the Exporting for Growth Prize.

They report that competition was “incredibly tough’’ this year for the prize which is open
to all SMEs with an active Middlesbrough trading address and which pay business rates in the borough.

After hard deliberation, the judging panel named: Calm Digital, Industrial & Marine Hydraulics and On a Roll Sandwich Company. Calm Digital is a web and creative agency that builds websites, apps and tools. Managing director Bianca Robinson said: “We are so thrilled to be a winner as we have been keen to market our product in the US for some time. This competition will really give us the boost we need to plan and execute our campaign.”

Industrial & Marine Hydraulics Ltd (IMH) is a hydraulic engineering company established in 1983 that focuses on high level technical service and project delivery, with wide ranging and global experience in difficult problems.

Managing director Nathanael Allison said: “Exporting our high quality engineering expertise is a fundamental part of our growth strategy. We have been working with UKTI over the past year and have seen a direct increase in overseas orders through the type of focused effort that UKTI supports. As such I am overjoyed to have secured this award as it will certainly result in continued business success for IMH.”

On a Roll Sandwich Company is a food manufacturer that produces a range of sandwich and salad products, including its “Pick of the Pantry” range for food service and contact catering in various sectors such as education and health.

Director James Stoddart said: “On A Roll is pleased to be awarded this fabulous prize and will be using the assistance being provided to aid and increase its current export of products to Norway and other Scandinavian countries too.”

The three winners will each gain access to £3,600 of support and will be registered to UKTI’s Passport to Export (P2E) programme. The prize includes £600 worth of overseas market intelligence plus £3,000 towards the cost of developing overseas business, such as travel, accommodation, translation of marketing material into different languages including website or legal services.

Winners will also receive support including business advice from UKTI and their overseas teams and mentoring from an international trade adviser.

Cllr Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “In a tough market, businesses need all the help they can get to stay ahead of the competition and develop new markets.

“I’m delighted for the three successful firms who now have a fantastic opportunity to
grow their business and develop exciting new export opportunities.

“I’m sure the expert advice and support on offer through Exporting for Growth will make a real difference, and I look forward to hearing how it is put to use.”

Maria Dotsch, UKTI’s international trade adviser for the Middlesbrough area, said: “It has been proven time and again that exporting helps companies to grow and that companies do better with UKTI’s help.

“We’re delighted to have once again been able to join forces with Middlesbrough Council to run the Exporting for Growth competition and look forward to working with our worthy winners to help turn their export ambitions into a reality.”

P2E is an international trade service provided through the international trade teams.  The initiative targets businesses which are inexperienced exporters or existing exporters hoping to tackle new or difficult markets. It offers a package of support which is tailored to meet the needs of each company, together with financial support and the help and advice of an international trade adviser.