International Trade

Scottish Export Awards open for nominations

Nominations for the 2017 Scottish Export Awards, sponsored by HSBC in association with HIE and Scottish Enterprise, are now open.

The Scottish Export Awards and International Trade Campaign bring together businesses from across Scotland to recognise and celebrate their entrepreneurial exporting achievements.

Nominations are open for businesses of all shapes and sizes, both exporters and export advisers.

The awards on offer range from micro exporter of the year all the way through to large exporter, e-commerce exporter, scale-up and entrepreneurial exporter of the year.

The event will be held on 22 March 2018 at the Hilton Hotel Glasgow. The awards have proven extremely popular in previous years, are completely free to enter, and are a unique opportunity to build your brand profile, generate some good publicity and attract potential investors.

Last year Wester Ross Fisheries Ltd was selected as highly commended in the small exporter of the year category at the awards.

The oldest independent owner-operator salmon farm operates from Dingwall and Ullapool.

Martin Johnson, head of international trade and investment at HIE, said: “Across the Highlands and Islands we have supported a diverse range of businesses to explore and enter new markets, develop skills, knowledge and confidence to grow their business overseas. These awards recognise the contribution they make make and this is their time to shine. We would like to encourage as many companies from the Highlands and Islands as possible to enter the awards this year.”

Last year’s BQ Scottish Exporter of the Year award went to the large exporter prize winner, John McGavigan, the Glasgow plastics manufacturer which exports car components across the globe.

BQ’s Bryan Hoare said: "It’s universally recognised now that export markets are crucial for the growth and development of the Scottish economy, and that Scotland has a booming international trade environment in which businesses are being nurtured.

"We’re delighted to be supported by Scottish Enterprise, HIE and HSBC who all recognise what a great platform these awards are for businesses to shout about their achievements.

"We’ve been overwhelmed in previous years with the volume and quality of nominations, and we don’t expect this year to be any different. In line with the overall ethos of BQ, both


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