North East Exporters Awards 2015: The search is on for the North East's top exporting companies

The North East Exporters Awards celebrate those companies that do the most to boost the region's overseas trade

The North East Exporters Awards 2014
The North East Exporters Awards 2014

The search for 2015’s top North East exporters has begun.

The North East Exporters Awards celebrates the companies that are doing the most to boost the regional economy through overseas trade.

Run by The Journal and our sister paper on Teesside, The Gazette, the annual event is now recognised as the main export awards for the region, and the number of entries in recent years has soared.

The awards are sponsored by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC), HSBC and the PD Ports to highlight the strength and diversity of the region’s exporting capability.

They are also a chance to shine a spotlight on the individuals who have gone the extra mile to help their organisation boost its international sales performance.

Last year Ashington-based A-Belco Ltd took SME exporter of the year and overall exporter of the year, and later in the year went on to win the Achievement in International Business prize at the British Chambers of Commerce Awards.

Middlesbrough-based CorDEX Instruments took the New Exporter Award while the prize for export team of the year went to SOLO Thermal Imaging Ltd, based in Darlington. Mid and large exporter of the year was Glanbia Performance Nutrition and the Supporting Export Award went to freight forwarding company, Evolution Forwarding.

The North East Exporter’s Awards will take place at Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham, on June 25. Categories are:

  • New exporter award

  • SME exporter award

  • Supporting export award

  • Export team of the year award - sponsored by NECC

  • Medium and large exporter award - sponsored by UKTI

  • Overall exporter of the year award - sponsored by HSBC

  • Special recognition award - sponsored by PD Ports

For further information on judging criteria and eligibility, visit .

Alternatively, contact Andy Forster event manager, Trinity Mirror North East on 0191 2016430 or email The deadline for entries is May 1.


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