EDM Named Northern Powerhouse Exporter of the Year

Updated: May 30, 2018

Manchester-headquartered EDM Ltd was last night crowned exporter of the year at the glittering PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards 2018 ceremony.

The company, which provides training simulators to the civil aviation, defence and rail industries across the globe, beat off stiff competition to take home the award.

EDM Ltd was also crowned Large Exporter of the Year and was commended for its entrepreneurial and innovative approach to exporting. 

From its base in Newton Heath, Manchester, the company operates in markets spanning the entire globe and has proven to be a real ambassador for the Northern Powerhouse.

The highly-anticipated PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards highlighted the achievements of individuals and companies across the North of England and brought together peers in mutual celebration of the North’s leading position on the global stage.

Speaking about their success, Joe Blackwell of EDM, said: “The awards ceremony has been absolutely fantastic. As a business, we export around 95% of our total turnover. It’s a huge part of our business.

“We have a lot of business in China, America, South East Asia and all over the world. It’s fantastic that we can be showcased and be awarded something like this for our efforts.”

BQ commercial director Bryan Hoare praised EDM Ltd for its entrepreneurial exporting achievements. He said: “EDM is just one of a whole bunch of entrepreneurial exporters from the North of England that we have seen enter the awards.

“We’ve been surprised by the depth and breadth of the entries and in EDM Ltd we have found a real first class exporter that the North can hold high in its regard amongst many other businesses trading successfully overseas. These awards are all about inspiration - saying to businesses across the North, you can do it too.”

Frans Calje, CEO of PD Ports, added: "If there is one thing that never really ceases to amaze me, it’s the unrivalled and unprecedented success stories that we endure in the North of the UK.

"Having sat on the judging panel, you see all of these incredible businesses flying by, like EDM, Pecan Deluxe Candy, Brandon Medical, these people, they find a niche in their own market, they explore it and work very hard to make it successful.

"We don't hear about it often, they don’t shout about it, they don't scream from the rooftops about what they're doing and just look at how successful they are. They’re market leaders in their own sector. There are so many winners out there who do exactly that.

"EDM are a prime example of this as are all of the other companies who entered for the awards. I'd like to say a huge well done to all of our winners and all of those shortlisted on the night. The event has really helped showcase just how powerful the Northern Powerhouse is.”

Nick Missin, head of trade at HSBC, North and Scotland, added: “HSBC is delighted to support the PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards and celebrate those forward-thinking businesses, which play such a big part in boosting the region’s economy by taking their products and services all over the world.

“HSBC is an international bank and we have offices in every continent so it’s only right and appropriate that we sponsor an event which celebrates global achievements.”

The other winners on the night included:

E-commerce exporter of the year:

Quality Bearings Online

Emerging markets exporter of the year, sponsored by RSM:

Brandon Medical

High growth markets exporter of the year, sponsored by HSBC:


Entrepreneurial exporter of the year, sponsored by Tees Valley Business Compass:

James Love Legal

Micro exporter of the year sponsored by BE Group:

Levity Crop Science

Small exporter of the year, sponsored by Chamber International:

Advanced Industrial Solutions 

Large exporter of the year, sponsored by Rahman Ravelli:


Export team of the year, sponsored by Leeds Bradford International Airport: 

Pecan Deluxe Candy Europe

Scale-up exporter of the year, sponsored by UKEF:

Pecan Deluxe Candy Europe