PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards 2017

Winners celebrate at the PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards 2017

Nominations open for Northern Powerhouse Export Awards

Nominations are now open for the PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards in association with HSBC.

The PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards and International Trade Campaign seek to recognise the most entrepreneurial exporters from across the North of England.  

Businesses of all shapes and sizes are being encouraged to enter with a host of awards on offer - from micro exporter to scale-up and most entrepreneurial exporter of the year.

Over 200 people came together at this year’s event in February which saw Hartlepool-based cable manufacturer JDR Cables take home the Exporter of the Year award.

Kirsten Donkin, PD Ports’ PR and communications manager, said: “We are proud to be sponsoring the Northern Powerhouse Export Awards alongside BQ for the second year running.

“As one of the UK’s major port groups headquartered in Teesside, we know only too well the critical importance of exporting to the economy; with the North East being the only continuous net exporting region in the UK.  

“The awards reflect our firm commitment and investment to 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 would encourage exporters from across the entire north, large and small; those new to exporting as well as those scaling up their export activity, to enter the awards and help to showcase as well as celebrate the strength and diversity of our Northern exporters.”

HSBC has also thrown its weight behind this year’s event and is hoping the event will be just as successful as the inaugural event in February.

Leigh Briggs, regional director, global trade and receivables finance for HSBC in the North, said: “For over 150 years, HSBC has been helping to support growth ambitions through exporting by connecting our customers to international opportunities.

“HSBC is delighted to support the Northern Powerhouse Export Awards and International Trade Campaign to recognise and celebrate those forward-thinking businesses, who play such a big part in boosting the region’s economy by taking their products and services all over the world.”

Bryan Hoare of BQ added: "Encouraging businesses to explore exporting opportunities is central to BQ’s ethos. I believe this is a great opportunity for northern businesses and would recommend any business, small or large, to get involved."

The awards are now open for nominations and tickets for the event are also on sale. To get involved, click here.