Shortlist revealed for Scottish Export Awards

Shortlist revealed for Scottish Export Awards

The shortlist for the HSBC Scottish Export Awards in association with Scottish Enterprise has officially been announced, with more companies nominated than ever before.

Businesses from across the nation will come together for a black tie dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on 23 March to celebrate the entrepreneurial exporting achievements of Scotland’s top exporters.

Exporting and international trade remain high on the Scottish Government’s economic growth agenda and the awards are about recognising the excellence in those emerging, wealth creating companies that are selling their products, services and expertise in scores of overseas markets.

Nominations for the event have surpassed expectations with over 100 exporters entering at least one of the eight categories for 2016 representing £850m in turnover and £482m of exports from Scotland.

Speaking ahead of the event, BQ managing director Bryan Hoare, said: “We’ve been delighted with the level and quality of the entries for 2016 which just shows how much export growth potential there is across Scotland.”

Neil Francis, international operations director at Scottish Enterprise, said: “It’s wonderful to see such high quality companies highlighted by these awards.

“The calibre of entries has been outstanding, and is both a celebration and demonstration of the internationally competitive services and products that Scotland has to offer the world.

“Scotland’s export potential is enormous — in our last financial year we helped over 2500 companies develop their exporting capacity and capabilities.

“We encourage every company in Scotland to consider the huge international opportunities available to you. If these companies can do it, so can you.”

Susan Rowand, head of business banking for HSBC in Scotland, said: “While international trade remains a key driver of growth for many UK businesses, our recent research found that just 6% of Scotland’s small businesses plan to start exporting their goods over the next 12 months. 

“It is fantastic to see such a variety of businesses enter and be short-listed for the awards to showcase success and hopefully become ambassadors for other businesses at the beginning of their international trading journey.

“These shortlisted businesses are great examples of Scottish entrepreneurialism at its best.”

The shortlist is as follows:

 

Most entrepreneurial exporter of the year

A company that has demonstrated entrepreneurial flair within their export strategy. This will be shown through an extraordinary approach to reaching new markets where creativity, innovation and tenacity has resulted in success. The shortlisted finalists include:

20|20 Business Insights Ltd

Astrosat

Genius Gluten Free

Highlander International

Highlander (Scotland) Ltd

Nomadix Media

Promedics

QTV Sports

SST Sensing

TBG & Co

ThinkAnalytics

TRTL

 

Emerging start-up exporter of the year

The winner must demonstrate outstanding achievements and be new to exporting. Businesses are expected to trade at or above £100,000 turnover and employ staff within their first 12-18 months of trading. The shortlist is:

Cheeky Chompers

Chocolate and Love

Nomadix Media

Planys Cloud

R&B Distillers

Sumerhall Distillery

TAG Digital

TBG & Co

The Glasgow Distillery

TRTL

Visit University

Windswept Brewing co

WooHa Brewing Company

 

Small exporter of the year

Recognising outstanding achievements by a company in any industry with a turnover of between £1-£15m. The small exporter award will recognise a company that has demonstrated outstanding achievements in export growth. The shortlist includes: 

Astrosat

Calnex Solutions

Cheeky Chompers

Exchange Communications

Fathom Systems

Flowline Specialists

Highlander (Scotland) Ltd

Highlander International

Merlin ERD

Rabbies Small Group Tours

Sephra Europe

Tailwind Solutions

ThinkAnalytics

Toshiba Medical Visualisation Systems

 

Large exporter of the year

Recognising outstanding achievements by a company in any industry with a turnover greater than £15m. The large exporter award will recognise a company that has demonstrated outstanding achievements in export growth moving the business to another level. The shortlist is:

Alba Power

Genius Gluten Free

John McGavigan

Loch Duart

Scottish Sea Farms

The Scottish Salmon Company

 

Scottish export team of the year

This award recognises a team who has added significant value to the business by implementing a strong and effective export sales strategy. The shortlist is:

20|20 Business Insights Ltd

IASeminars

Fathom Systems

Loch Duart

Promedics

Sports Labs

Summerhall Distillery

The Scottish Salmon Company

TRTL

 

Professional service adviser of the year

A business that does not export, but plays a key role in supporting exporters to trade overseas either directly or indirectly through providing associated services such as advice and consultancy. The shortlist is:

Genoa Black

Sports Labs

Worldwide Business

 

Logistics partner of the year

This award will be awarded to a company who provides outstanding customer service and innovation in supporting the Export market in their delivery solutions. The shortlist is:

Bullet Express

Eurogate Logistics

 

E-commerce exporter of the year

The winner of this award will be a company that through e-commerce has increased brand awareness and recognition, expanded into new markets, increased sales and efficiency and improved customer service. The shortlist is:

Highlander (Scotland) Ltd

IASeminars

RSVP Design

Shoes121ltd

SST Sensing

TRTL

 

The HSBC Scottish Export Awards 2016 is being held in association with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Business Gateway.

To book your ticket for the event and for more information, click here.