Six inspiring Scottish companies have been recognised for excellence in international trade at the BQ Scottish Export Awards.
High-tech gas generation business Peak Scientific has scaled new heights to be crowned BQ Scottish Exporter of the Year.
The Renfrewshire-based business scooped the title at the BQ Scottish Export Awards held at the Glasgow Hilton on Tuesday 31 March, where 17 shortlisted exporters were in the running for six titles.
The event attracted almost 300 guests and included the cream of Scotland’s business community.
Peak Scientific, which has distributors and service partners in more than 70 countries worldwide, won the Exporter of the Year title and Large Exporter of the Year award for its outstanding contribution to Scotland’s export profile and success. As winner it had to demonstrate to the judges how it had overcome barriers when entering new markets.
Winners of the Scottish Export Awards 2015
Scottish Exporter of the Year and Large Exporter of the Year
E-commerce exporter of the year award
Fine Coffee Club, an e-commerce provider of Nespresso(r) compatible coffee capsules
Most Entrepreneurial Exporter of the Year
PG Paper, an industrial solution organisation connecting overcapacity and obsolete stock to demands from local end-users in developing and emerging markets
Emerging Start-Up Exporter of the Year
Stevenson Astrosat, one of the UK's fastest growing space technology companies
SME Exporter of the Year
Harris Tweed Hebrides, manufacturer of the finest hand-woven Harris Tweed cloth
Scottish Export Team of the Year
Bute Fabrics, one of UK's best-known and respected upholstery fabric manufacturers and designers works with manufacturers across the globe
Secret to success
The shortlisted entries were chosen by a judging panel made up of:
- John Anderson, director of The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde Business School
- James Chadwick, director, Grant Thorton
- BQ Scotland editor, Kenny Kemp
Across all nominations the judging panel looked for nominees to include and demonstrate a number of key elements, such as
- Growth in exports and how the business had managed to sustain that growth
- The company’s overall commitment to international business
- The key decisions taken to make the company a successful exporter
- What new markets and technologies the company had utilised to grow the business over the last 12 months
Bryan Hoare, director of BQ Magazine commented:
“Exporting and international trade remain central to Scotland’s economic growth and these awards are about recognising excellence in those emerging and wealth creating companies that are selling their products, services and expertise in scores of overseas markets.
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Image courtesy of BQ Scotland – The winners of the BQ Scottish Export Awards 2015: Peak Scientific pictured with Neil Francis, director of international trade and operations at Scottish Enterprise/Scottish Development International