West Midlands exporters urged to enter business awards

Global Freight is urging small businesses trading overseas to get their entries in for the regional heat of a nationwide competition before the January deadline.

The Federation of Small Business awards, which showcases the best companies across the UK, is looking for firms to put themselves forward for the Exporter of the Year, with Global Freight a sponsor of three regional heats in the West Midlands, Wales and London.

The criteria calls for companies that can show exceptional export achievements, which contribute to both the local and global economy.

Applications for the West Midlands and London categories must be submitted by January 12 and expert judges will shortlist finalists by February 2. Applications have closed for the Wales entries. The winners of the regional finals will battle it out at the national awards at the Westminster Park Plaza in London on May 3.

Global Freight, which specialises in supporting small businesses to trade overseas, is based in Telford, Shropshire, and already supports a number of customers across the West Midlands, in London and the south and into Wales.

Managing Director Nicole Gunter said: “As experts in overseas trade, we are delighted to be sponsoring these awards here in the West Midlands as also in Wales and for the London regional finals.

“We know there are many small businesses in the area that have successful export programmes, achieved with the support of organisations such as ours, and this is the chance to gain regional and national recognition for those with a global reach.

“Our aim to further support the export growth of companies based in our home region and winning an FSB Celebrating Small Business Award is a great way to showcase your achievements and celebrate your hard work, brilliance and innovation with the chance to win a national award.”

To enter the FSB Celebrating Small Business Award Exporter of the Year category, go to: