About the 2012 International Trade Awards
Now entering their sixth year, the International Trade Awards are the only UK wide business awards to exclusively recognise the excellence achieved by the UK’s leading exporters and importers.
Despite the challenges posed by current global economic conditions, UK companies are still competing on the International stage and the International Trade Awards celebrate these ventures and successes. Any business based within the UK engaged in export, import, outward or inward investment, regardless of industry sector, and that meet the eligibility criteria can enter for their chance to win one of four titles.
Last year’s awards culminated with the UK Grand Final, a prestigious luncheon held in the King George III room at The Brewery on 10th December, where a panel of industry experts, including Parveen Thornhill, Regional Director for UKTI London, Lesley Batchelor, Director General of the Institute of Export & International Trade, Allan Biggar, CEO Xperiamedia, Rocco Magno, General Manager FX IP at American Express Services Europe Limited and Alan Stevens, our awards host, announced the winners.
Applicants were competing in four categories, the Small to Medium Sized Company of the Year Award, Excellence in Innovation Award, New Frontiers Award and Company of the Year Award. Companies from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales involved in import, export, outward investment or inward investment, were hoping for the chance to win one of the coveted awards. Take a look at our ‘Previous Winners’ page to see who stole the show at the 2012 UK Grand Final.
The 200 guests in attendance were treated to a key note speech from Lord Empey, and Allyson Stewart-Allen, Director of International Marketing Partners, who offered some valuable insight into the world of International trading. The ceremony also promised some great networking opportunities for all of the shortlisted companies in attendance.
"The standard was incredibly high, particularly for the main award where the judges were torn between some very impressive entries. There were some very difficult choices to make," said Rocco Magno.
"It is pleasing to see such a high standard across the board as it shows that there is real hope for the economy, and that there are a huge number of excellent businesses out there."
For your chance to secure a place at the 2013 International Trade Awards UK Grand Final make sure you keep an eye on our website for updates and further information.