Tickets still available for The Journal's Exporters' Award ceremony

The Journal is celebrating the region's exporting stars in a glittering awards ceremony next month - and there's still time to grab your ticket

Tickets are selling fast for the glittering awards night when The Journal – in partnership with North East Chamber of Commerce, UK Trade and Investment and HSBC Bank – honours the cream of the region’s exporters.

But if you haven’t yet secured your place at the table, then don’t worry. There is still time to buy tickets for the ceremony, being held at Ramside Hall Hotel, County Durham, on Thursday, May 15.

Key speaker on the night will be Trade Minister Lord Livingston, who will hear how the region is contributing to the Government’s Plan for Growth targets to more than double the value of exports to £1tn by 2020.

Lord Livingston, formerly of BT Group, said: “I know many North East companies have already found that exporting is great and are reaping the rewards of overseas sales, with £11.58bn exported from the region in the last 12 months.

“I am looking forward to meeting this year’s award winners and I hope their success will inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”

Lord (Ian) Livingston became Trade and Investment Minister in December 2013 following the retirement of Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint.

Having joined BT in 2002, he served on the BT Group board as group finance director and was chief executive of BT Retail, its consumer and small business division, before becoming chief executive of BT Group.

Prior to this, he was group finance director at Dixons Group plc from the age of 32, making him the youngest FTSE 100 CFO by some distance.

The Journal’s North East Exporters’ Awards aim to highlight the really great success stories of firms operating out of this region and their global links which have made the North East the only English region with a positive balance of trade.

The North East Exporters’ Awards 2014 will turn the spotlight on local firms enjoying outstanding success in the global arena. Six awards will be made on the night, including the coveted Overall Exporter of the Year Award. Last year this top title was taken by Guardian Marine Testing, which is based at Wilton.

The deadline for entries has now passed but some tickets are still available for the evening. Tables are available from £700 plus VAT and individual tickets from £75 plus VAT.

For more information visit Alternatively contact event manager Rebecca Luckley on 0191 201 6092 or email


New Exporter Award – sponsored by Fentimans: A business that started exporting within thepast two years and can demonstrate significant export success in one or more markets.

Mid & Large Exporter Award – sponsored by UKTI: A business with turnover of more than £25m.

Export Team of the Year Award – sponsored by NECC: A team working in export which can demonstrate significant added value to their business through adopting innovative techniques, personnel development, and successful implementation of the company’s export sales strategy.

Supporting Export Award: A firm with turnover of up to £500m that does not export itself, but plays a key role in supporting our region’s exporters to trade overseas.

This can either be directly, through providing logistical support or indirectly through providing associated services such as advice and consultancy.

SME Exporter Award – sponsored by Arthur J Gallagher: A business with turnover of up to £25m that has demonstrated exceptional achievement in export.

Overall Exporter of the Year Award – sponsored by HSBC: Chosen from the winners of the above awards plus other Exporters’ Award winners in the region.


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