Awards to recognise the North's top exporters

Awards to recognise the North's top exporters

BQ is delighted to announce the launch of the inaugural PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards and International Trade Campaign 201617, celebrating excellence in international trade across the North of England.

The PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards will bring together businesses from across the North to celebrate their entrepreneurial exporting achievements as well as encourage others to increase their export potential.

Exporting and international trade remain central to the UK’s economic growth agenda and these awards are about recognising those emerging, wealth creating companies that are selling their products and services and expertise in scores of overseas markets.

It is vital that we appreciate and recognise those emerging exporters who have made the transition from great local companies to potentially world class exporting businesses.

Exporting continues to present an opportunity for the North to bring immediate and sustainable growth to its economy and with this in mind we need to lay down the baton to SME’s across the North to consider exporting as a realistic opportunity for growth.

Geoff Lippitt, business development director at PD Ports, said: “As owners and operators of Teesport, one of the top five UK ports and a major export hub, we are delighted to sponsor the Northern Powerhouse Export Awards 2017 alongside BQ.

“The awards reflect our firm commitment and investment in supporting further growth of exports and the associated value to drive economic prosperity across the North; exporting will undoubtedly be a major catalyst in delivering the Northern Powerhouse.

“We look forward to joining our many existing customers and other great exporting organisations at the ceremony to hear of continued export successes and to celebrate the strength and diversity of our Northern exporters.”

BQ is a national brand recognised for celebrating and inspiring entrepreneurship to help businesses succeed and grow. Encouraging businesses to explore exporting opportunities is central to BQ’s ethos and one which Bryan Hoare believes will really help stimulate economic growth.

“Having successfully delivered the Scottish Export Awards for the past three years alongside Scottish Enterprise, the economic development arm of the Scottish Government, we’re delighted to bring to you the PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards,” said Hoare.

“We would like to invite any business in the North actively trading overseas to get involved in the awards and export campaign to help us encourage others to increase their export potential. This is a vital time in the UK economy where we need to provide inspiration and stimulation. BQ is investing in this 12 month campaign across the North East & Cumbria, Yorkshire and the North West to help stimulate growth and profile some of the North’s top exporters. ”

The PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards will take place in January 2017 in Leeds, with more details to follow soon.

Full details on nominating your business, booking tickets and the remaining sponsorship opportunities, are here.