The annual PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards in association with HSBC, The Department of International Trade and Chamber International, is set to return for a third year to recognise the North’s top exporters and celebrate achievements in international trade.
The awards will take place on February 7 at the National Railway Museum in York and nominations will soon be open for the following categories:
E-commerce Exporter of the Year
Most Entrepreneurial Exporter of the Year
Micro Exporter of the Year (turnover less than £2m)
New to Export (business of any age exporting for less than 3 years)
Small Exporter of the Year (Turnover £2m - £10m)
Large Exporter of the year (Turnover +£10m)
Northern Powerhouse Export Team of the Year
High Growth Market Exporter of the Year
Emerging Markets Exporter of the Year
Overall Northern Powerhouse Exporter of the Year
Kirsten Donkin, PD Ports’ Head of PR, marketing and communications: “As we enter our third year of the Northern Powerhouse Export Awards, in partnership with BQ, we’re looking forward to highlighting the fantastic businesses exporting from our region.
“As one of the UK’s major port groups headquartered in the North East, the only continuous net exporting region in the UK, we see the critical importance export plays in the vital growth of the economy. “
“With an uncertain year ahead for the country and the necessity for us as an island nation to stay competitive as we trade overseas, there has never been a better time to showcase the North and celebrate the worthy exporting success.”
“The Northern Powerhouse export awards is a chance to profile the outstanding entrepreneurial exporting achievements from across the North whilst encouraging others to increase their export potential. They acknowledge the innovation, hard work and success of businesses large and small in reaching new global markets; emphasising their importance to the Northern and national economies.”
Director general for exports, DIT, John Mahon, said: “Exports have helped propel the value of the Northern Powerhouse economy to £330bn - greater than the economies of Austria, Belgium or Norway. The market for high quality, innovative products and services from our great Northern businesses is international, and we’re delighted to see the success of our local companies being celebrated through the Northern Powerhouse Export Awards.
“We recently launched our Export Strategy, which sets out how the government will support businesses of all sizes to make the most of the opportunities presented by markets around the world. However, it is just the start – in the months ahead DIT will lead the work across government to assess what more we can do to support the export performance of UK businesses.”
Leigh Briggs, regional director, global trade and receivables finance for HSBC in the North, said: “For more than 150 years, HSBC has been helping to support the growth ambitions of exporters across the UK by connecting them to international opportunities.
“HSBC is delighted to continue to support the Northern Powerhouse Export Awards and International Trade Campaign to recognise and celebrate forward-thinking businesses that play a big part in boosting the region’s economy by taking their products and services all over the world.”
Bryan Hoare of BQ, said: “We are delighted to be bringing the PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards back for a third year.
"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."
Full details on nominating your business, booking tickets and the remaining sponsorship opportunities, are here.