The best of the best. That's the Overall Exporter of the Year Award which will be presented at the North East Exporters' Awards 2014.
This coveted title will be presented to a company that has been chosen from the successful firms awarded in the other categories presented on the night and those successful in other export awards which have taken place in the region, which includes the Export Award winner from the finals of the North East Business Awards.
Last year it was Teesside’s Guardian Marine Testing that took the crown. The marine fuel testing company has more than doubled its export sales in the past two years.
The business, based at the Wilton Centre, has the largest global contract for fuel testing from Lloyd’s Register, through its global headquarters for fuel quality in Singapore.
It has invested in the highest level of automated lab equipment, and can guarantee results for clients within 24 hours. Launched in 2008, it employs 40 staff.
Supporting the Overall Exporter of the Year Award for this year is HSBC. A spokesman said: “We are extremely excited to be the sponsor of the Overall Exporter category at the North East Exporters’ Awards and are looking forward to a great night showcasing the region’s leading international businesses.
“The value of exports to the North East economy goes way beyond the headline figures. Government statistics show that the North East exported £9.1bn worth of goods during the first nine months of last year, an impressive figure in itself. However, this does not take into account all the jobs that those exports support, or the supply chain firms that feed into the goods shipped overseas.
“The message is clear – exports not only benefit the firms involved, they also support the wider economy. The North East boasts some fantastic exporting businesses and competition for this category is going to be fierce.
“HSBC helped numerous North East companies grow their international business during 2013 via our dedicated £5bn International SME Fund, which supports firms with a turnover of up to £30m.
“International trade creates opportunities – such as opportunities to enter new markets, develop new skills for an employee base, diversify a business’s income stream or create a physical presence in another country.
“We can offer local advice and insight to companies across the North East via our network of 7,000 colleagues in 63 global locations.”