International Trade Club reveals award winners

The East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce’s International Trade Club has revealed the winners of its annual awards.

International Trade Club awards

REM (UK) Ltd, a specialist designer of furniture and equipment for the hair and beauty industry, won the Outstanding Exporter Achievement Award.

The Nelson firm now exports to more than 60 countries. Export sales have grown to £1.6m, expanding into Israel, USA and Qatar over the last 12 months.

Michael Roach, export sales director, said: “This year marked the company’s 100th anniversary, so it’s a big milestone to reach. Over the years, we have diversified and expanded into different countries including America, New Zealand and Australia. It has been a tough year because of Brexit, but we are optimistic about 2018.”

The International Newcomer Prize went to flat screen specialist Cohuborate Limited, with customers based in China, Switzerland and Italy.

Head of sales Toni Bradshaw said: “As a global start-up with big ambitions, this early recognition underpins our mission to transform learning and working spaces.”

The Outstanding Importer Achievement Award went to agricultural and municipal equipment supplier Pronar UK.

Each winner was presented with an engraved glass trophy from Les Nutter, senior director at event sponsors Cassons which is now part of the Baldwins Group.

He said: “East Lancashire has lots of incredible businesses that are thriving in challenging overseas markets, and the International Trade Club Awards are a celebration of their achievements.

“It really is heartening to see such a diverse range of companies succeeding in so many countries across the globe. Long may that continue.”

Mandy Lockett, international business director at East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, added: “It’s a landmark year for the International Trade Club this year as we celebrate our 60th Diamond Anniversary and the awards was a great celebration of the international trade spirit the led to the foundation of the club back in 1957.”

The International Trade Club was formed on the 2nd December 1957 by the Burnley & District Chamber of Commerce. The Club now has over 100 members.

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