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Long standing partnership returns to celebrate exporting excellence of Northern Powerhouse

Bluefin Trading team photo at Northern Powerhouse Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2020 PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards.

UMi created the event in 2016 to recognise the North’s top exporters and celebrate their achievements in international trade, while also giving inspiration to others to consider exporting as a realistic opportunity for growth.

The awards, held in partnership with PD Ports and in association with HSBC, will take place on 19 March 2020 at Teesside International Airport in Tees Valley.

Nicki Clark, UMi Chief Executive, said: “UMi is all about helping business go further and this is a perfect example of how we do that - by celebrating the fantastic achievements of businesses whose horizons stretch beyond our own shores.

“The stories behind the amazing companies which enter the awards inspire others to also consider the opportunities in trading overseas. The awards evening also helps them find the relationships and guidance they need to ensure their own success.”

Kirsten Donkin, Head of PR, Marketing and Communications at PD Ports, said: “As one of the UK’s major port groups headquartered in the North East, the only continuous net exporting region in the UK, we see the critical importance export plays in the vital growth of the economy.

“The Northern Powerhouse Export Awards are the perfect opportunity to profile the outstanding entrepreneurial exporting achievements and acknowledge the innovation, hard work and success of businesses, large and small, in reaching new global markets. There has never been a better time to showcase the North and celebrate the worthy exporting success.”

Leigh Briggs, Regional Director for Global Trade and Receivables Finance for HSBC UK in the North, said: “For more than 150 years, we’ve been connecting the intrepid exporters of great British business with opportunities around the world to help them grow.

“We’re delighted to once again be sponsoring the Northern Powerhouse Export Awards and taking the opportunity to celebrate the far-reaching impact our exporters have within the local economy as they take their products and services to the world.”

Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, said: “Teesside International Airport is at the heart of my plans to grow our economy through international trade and investment, so it is fitting that the PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards are to be held here. This will be the first of many events coming to Teesside International, so watch this space.”

The award categories are:

  • E-commerce Exporter of the Year
  • Most Entrepreneurial Exporter of the Year
  • Micro Exporter of the Year (turnover less than £2m)
  • New to Export (business of any age exporting for less than three years)
  • Small Exporter of the Year (turnover £2m - £10m)
  • Large Exporter of the year (turnover +£10m)
  • Export Team of the Year
  • High Growth Market Exporter of the Year
  • Emerging Markets Exporter of the Year
  • Overall PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Exporter of the Year

You can find all the details on how to nominate your business, book tickets and sponsorship opportunities, here. The judging panel will be announced in the near future.

UMi provides growth and support services for businesses of all sizes, as well as grant management on behalf of the UK public sector. UMi takes the hard work out of finding and using the best information, expertise and finance to help individuals get to where they want to be.

The name UMi (pronounced Oo-me) comes from the abbreviated form of Ursa Minor – a constellation explorers and pioneers have been using for navigation since the middle ages. The Pole Star, which is the Alpha star of the constellation, is a constant in the night sky. It’s always there to guide people, just like UMi.

PD Ports is one of the UK’s major port groups, operating at 13 locations across the country, and connecting companies and their cargo with key global markets. PD Ports employs more than 1,200 people, and own and operate ports along the east coast of the UK, with headquarters in Middlesbrough. PD Ports is also the Statutory Harbour Authority for the Ports of Teesport and Hartlepool.

HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. It serves more than 40 million customers through four global businesses: Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Global Private Banking. The HSBC network covers 65 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, North America and Latin America.