International Trade Awards 2012

12 February 2013

Hockley International were awarded with a Special Commendation at this year’s International Trade Awards 2012.

A celebration of International Excellence - International Trade Awards 2012

Hockley International were awarded with a Special Commendation at this year’s International Trade Awards 2012.

Now entering their fifth year, the International Trade Awards, sponsored by American Express Foreign Exchange Services, are the only UK wide business awards to exclusively recognise the excellence achieved by the UK’s leading exporters and importers. Despite the challenges posed by current global economic conditions, UK companies are still competing on the International stage and the 2012 International Trade Awards celebrates these ventures and successes. Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Green, who introduced last year’s gala lunch and awards, said that "exporting is ‘not just good for Britain’, but that it is ‘essential for Britain’."

Frank Howard, Managing Director of Hockley International said “it's great for an SME like Hockley International to be [awarded this Special Commendation] thus recognizing the contribution we make to the UK's export sales in such a wide range of countries. We are certainly doing our bit to help increase exports from the Northwest to Africa and Latin America in line with UKTI's current strategy.”

This year’s awards were held at The Brewery on 10th December where a panel of industry experts, including Parveen Thornhill, Regional Director for UKTI London, Lesley Batchelor, Director General of the Institute of Export & International Trade, Allan Biggar, CEO Xperiamedia, Rocco Magno, General Manager FX IP at American Express Europe Limited and Michael Wilson, editor and entrepreneur, announced the winners.

Applicants were competing in four categories, the Small to Medium Sized Company of the Year Award, Excellence in Innovation Award, New Frontiers Award and Company of the Year Award.

"The standard was incredibly high, particularly for the main award where the judges were torn between some very impressive entries. There were some very difficult choices to make," said Rocco Magno.

"It is pleasing to see such a high standard across the board as it shows that there is real hope for the economy, and that there are a huge number of excellent businesses out there."