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On the lookout for the top exporters in the region.

Byline: Jez Davison Business Reporter jez.davison@trinitymirror.com

Reporter Name Title in here name@trinitymirror.com. THE search is on to nd the best exporting success stories in the region.

e North East Exporters' Awards aims to recognise the eorts of companies that are making a huge contribution to the regional and UK economies through their achievements in overseas markets. is year has seen a stream of entries from companies keen to get in on the act. And with the May 1 deadline for submissions looming fast, there's not much time left for other rms to push forward their credentials.

e awards will reward top exporters of all sizes in the following categories: Export Team of the Year: |goes to the group that has added the most value to its business through the adoption of innovative techniques, personnel development and implementation of the company's export sales strategy. Medium and Large Export-|er of the Year: will reward PS25m-plus turnover companies that have demonstrated exceptional achievement.

New Exporter Award: | is open to businesses that started exporting within the last two years and can demonstrate signicant export success.

SME Exporter Award: | for businesses that have a turnover of up to PS25m and can demonstrate exceptional achievement in exports.

Special Recognition |Award: will go to a business that the judges feel deserves special recognition for its contribution to North-east exporting success. is award may be presented as an additional award to a winner of one of the other categories or to another organisation that the judges would like to commend.

Supporting Export Award: |open to businesses that play a key role in helping the region's exporters to trade overseas. is can either be directly (through the provision of logistical support) or indirectly (through the provision of associated services).

e winners will be shortlisted for the Overall Exporter of the Year Award, along with winners of other export awards in the last 12 months.

All winners, including the Overall Exporter of the Year, will be announced at an awards dinner on ursday, June 25, at the Ramside Hall Hotel in County Durham.

last year electrical equipment maker A-Belco was crowned the overall winner as well as SME Exporter of the Year - a night of double success for the Ashington-based rm.

Middlesbrough-based Cor-DEX Instruments, a manufacturer of explosion-proof inspection and imaging devices, took the New Exporter Award while healthy food specialist Glanbia Performance Nutrition, also in Middlesbrough, came top of the Medium and Large Exporter of the Year category. Darlington-based SOLO ermal Imaging - which designs and manufactures the smallest, lightest thermal imaging cameras in the world - was named Export Team of the Year while the 2014 Supporting Export Award went to Middlesbrough freight forwarding rm Evolution Forwarding. E ere's little doubt that the region's army of exporters are continuing to play a major role in boosting the economy.

Latest gures show that in the last three months of 2014, PS3.3bn worth of goods was exported from the region, an 8.2% increase on the same period the previous year. And the North-east remains the only English region with a consistent positive balance of trade at PS4.45bn.

e North East Exporters' Awards is run by e Gazette and its sister paper, e Journal, on Tyneside - with support from the NECC, UKTI, HSBC and PD Ports.

To make a nomination, |reserve a table or for details, visit www.northeastexportersawards.co.uk. Alternatively contact Andy Forster, events manager, on 0191 201 6430 or email andrew.forster@trinitymirror.com.

SME Exporter of The Year: Sponsored by Arthur J Gallagher Export Team of The Year: Sponsored by North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) Medium and Large Exporter of The Year: Sponsored by UKTI Supporting Export Award: Sponsored by Evolution Business and Tax Advisors LLP Overall Exporter of The Year: Sponsored by HSBC Special Recognition Award: Sponsored by PD Ports New Exporter Award: Sponsored by UK Export Finance

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The 2014 winners, from left, Evolution Forwarding Ltd, SOLO Thermal Imaging, A-Belco, Glanbia Performance Nutrition, CorDEX |Instruments, pictured at Ramside Hall last year
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Date:Mar 24, 2015
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