Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Companies Helping to Put the North-East on World Map; NORTH EAST EXPORTERS' AWARDS

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Companies Helping to Put the North-East on World Map; NORTH EAST EXPORTERS' AWARDS

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THE region's top exporters were honoured at a glittering event to celebrate their success. The prestigious Exporter of the Year award went to Team Valleybased Palintest Ltd, which exports water analysis technologies.

Managing director David Sidlow said: "Winning the North East Exporter of the Year Award is fantastic recognition of the dedication and hard work that all the Plaintest team have put in to make this happen.'' The Exporters' Awards, which are organised by the North East England Chamber of Commerce and were held last week at at Ramside Hall, saw Ward Brothers (Steel) Limited named SME Exporter of the Year, while Craft Yourself SillyLtd won the New Exporter Award.

Prizes also went to Palintest Ltd, as Export Team of the Year, Huntsman Pigments and Additives as Medium and Large Exporter of the Year, AV Dawson in the Supporting Export category and Videre Global in the Conquering New Markets award.

North East England Chamber of Commerce chief executive James Ramsbotham said: "Huge congratulations to the winners at the export awards.

"We have tremendously talented and ambitious exporters in our region who make a substantial contribution to our regional economy.

"We have a positive balance of trade and it is due to the strength of our export businesses. Both the winners and runners-up are great examples of our innovative companies who help put the North East on the world map.

They help The winners examples make us all proud of our region."

help put the They help " As well as the Chamber, support and sponsorship for the award came from other Associate Sponsors Heathrow Airport & HSBC along with Evolution & Athena Risk.

Mark Emmerson, head of Global Trade and Receivable Finance UK, HSBC said: "International trade is at the heart of HSBC - as a bank formed to facilitate trade, it is built into our heritage and it remains a key part of our ethos today.

"I am, therefore, delighted that HSBC has once again sponsored the Overall Exporter of the Year Award. Being a Geordie myself I am proud to help celebrate growth and success in the North East.

"The Exporter Awards provide us with an opportunity to recognise and acknowledge those forwardthinking businesses who play a big part in boosting the region's economy by taking their products and services all over the world. …

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