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New award celebrates surge in manufacturing export

New award celebrates surge in manufacturing export
Businesses that are helping to lead the economic recovery by selling UK products and services overseas are to be honoured with a prestigious new award.
The Outstanding Export Award, a new category in the 2011 EEF Future Manufacturing Awards, will recognise those manufacturing businesses that are exploiting new markets and winning new business abroad.
The new award, in partnership with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), will celebrate new-to-export companies of all sizes which have developed and implemented an export strategy and successfully traded goods and/or services over the past two years.
EEF Senior Economist, Jeegar Kakkad, said: Manufacturers are making the most of a weak British pound in overseas markets, thus achieving a surge in export opportunities. Its time for us to acknowledge manufacturers initiative, investment and innovation towards advancing our export opportunities to help drive the UKs economic recovery.
Susan Haird, Acting Chief Executive of UK Trade & Investment, added: Manufacturers are leading the exporting renaissance this country is experiencing. Companies that export grow faster, become more resilient to downturns and become more profitable. This award will celebrate and recognise those companies and I hope inspire others to win business abroad.
Awards winners will be announced in five UK regions during November, culminating in a national award for the UKs most outstanding export manufacturer in January 2012
Entry is free and simple with forms available from EEFs awards website The closing date for entries is 31 July 2011.
The EEF Future Manufacturing Awards are designed to recognise innovation, enterprise, environmental responsibility and skills development across todays manufacturing industry. Awards are available in the following categories:
-           The Business Growth Award
-           The Skills & Training Award 
-           The Innovative Operating Practices Award
-           The Innovative People Management Award
 -          The Environmental Efficiency Award
- The Climate Change Opportunity Award
-           Outstanding Achievement by a First and Final Year Apprentice
-           Outstanding Achievement by a Young Apprentice
EEF, the manufacturers organisation is the representative voice of manufacturing in the UK. It has a growing membership of almost 6,000 companies of all sizes, employing some 900,000 people from every sector of engineering, manufacturing, engineering construction and technology-based industries.
Awards sponsors include Infor, Santander Corporate Banking, Westfield Health, JAM Recruitment, Rolls-Royce and EAL.


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