Ops&Ops nominated for top award

Ops&Ops nominated for top award

A Shoreditch designer of 60s inspired footwear is one of 10 British SMEs to be shortlisted for the government-backed Open to Export Action Plan Competition.

Ops&Ops will join nine other companies to present their Export Action Plans they created using Open to Export’s innovative digital business planning tool to a panel of expert judges on 30 June in Liverpool at the International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB2016).

The companies are all competing for the chance to win £3,000 funding towards their overseas growth, as well as additional benefits including one year’s free membership of the Institute of Export.

The Export Action Plan Competition at IBF016, which is attended by more than 30,000 delegates from 100 countries, sees Ops&Ops - whose shoes are made in a family-run factory in Portugal - and fellow finalists seeking to convince a high-powered judging panel that their business would benefit most from the prize.

Open to Export is the government funded digital route to boost the UK’s SME exports. The Export Action Plan tool part of a website dedicated to helping new and inexperienced businesses prepare to sell internationally by giving them unlimited free access to information, support and advice.

Teri Olins and Stephanie Jones, co-founders of Ops&Ops, said: “We currently trade with the US and Canada. Trading globally presents a wealth of opportunities, and the Export Action Plan has been an excellent and easy resource to get us started. It’s tremendous to be shortlisted and we’re looking forward to presenting our vision and plan at IFB2016.”

The competition is sponsored by the International Festival for Business 2016 and Bibby Financial Services and the judging panel comprises Lesley Batchelor, OBE, the CEO of Open to Export, Mark Fox, MD of Bibby Financial Services, James Cliffe, head of business banking at HSBC, Ian Ballentine, director of procurement at Heathrow, and Mark Pountain, MD of previous Export Action Plan competition winner Charles Farris Candles.


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