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Scottish Export Awards return for 2018

Nominations open

Neil Francis

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Job title International trade and investment operations director

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Could this be your year?

Once again, we're partnering with BQ Magazine for the annual Scottish Export Awards sponsored by HSBC as they return to Glasgow on 22 March 2018 for a fifth year. 

The export awards are a great platform to showcase the entrepreneurial spirit and potential of Scottish businesses worldwide – and help inspire, enlighten and motivate others to consider exporting for the first time. 

They're also a great opportunity for Scottish companies, like yours, to get the recognition they deserve for export success.

Exporting is now considered essential for any Scottish business wanting to safeguard future growth. Our entrepreneurs have fantastic stories to share, from current champion John McGavigan, which went from printing religious pamphlets to making components for car dashboards, all the way through to previous winners like Peak Scientific and Think Analytics.

Last year 125 exporters entered the awards, representing £500 million of export turnover from Scotland.

In that same year, we supported over 2500 Scottish companies to export internationally. And we look forward to working with new and existing exporters in the years ahead to help you achieve your growth ambitions.

This year's awards include two new categories – emerging markets exporter of the year title and the prize for the scale-up exporter of the year. The two new trophies come in response to the way in which the competition has grown over the past five years.

Award categories

Closing date for nominations is 5pm, Friday 19 January 2018.

Find out more on the BQ website

Networking at the Scottish Export Awards 2016

Scotland's growing export community

The event is a great opportunity to network with like-minded Scottish companies.

Champagne flowing at the Scottish Export Awards 2016

A sparkling celebration

Around 470 guests attended last year's prestigious event.

John McGavigan, Scottish Exporter of the Year 2017

John McGavigan team all smiles

Proud winners of the HSBC Scottish Exporter of the Year award 2017.

"Scotland’s strong track record for exporting goods and services all over the world is testament to the strength of our innovative, ambitious and forward-thinking companies."

Paul Lewis Managing director,Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise international operations

Nominations open

Award categories for this year

  • Most Entrepreneurial Exporter of the Year
  • Micro Exporter of the Year
  • Small Exporter of the Year
  • Large Exporter of the Year
  • Export Team of the Year
  • Ecommerce Exporter of the Year
  • High Growth Market Exporter of the Year
  • Scale-up Exporter of the Year*
  • Emerging Markets Exporter of the Year* 
  • BQ Scottish Exporter of the Year

*new categories for 2018

How your company can benefit

  • Publicity for all category winners from both Scottish Enterprise and BQ Magazine
  • Networking opportunities with some of Scotland's most experienced, successful exporters
  • An elevated brand profile, both at home and abroad
  • A chance to stand out from the competition

Read more on the BQ website

 

BQ Scottish Export Award trophy
Scottish Exporter of the Year will be selected from the category winners and announced on the night.
BQ Scottish Export Award trophy
Scottish Exporter of the Year will be selected from the category winners and announced on the night.
BQ Scottish Export Award trophy
Scottish Exporter of the Year will be selected from the category winners and announced on the night.

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About the Author

Neil Francis

Neil Francis

International trade and investment operations director

Neil has had a long career spanning various senior positions within the public sector in Scotland and joined Scottish Enterprise in 1997. 

His role sees him building on Scotland’s international competitiveness by stimulating and supporting the international trade ambition of Scottish companies and attracting new international inward investment to Scotland.    

Scottish Enterprise adds great value through our market intelligence and global connections to stimulate more of a global mindset within Scotland’s growth sectors and companies – focusing on supporting companies to enter new markets internationally to grow their business.