ANNOUNCED: The BOFTAs 2019

The Department for International Trade’s Dr Liam Fox presents the BOFTAs (Board of Trade Awards) for exporters based in London and the South of England.

– Internationally recognised excellence award by the Department for International Trade

– Presented by Dr Liam Fox MP, following the launch of DIT’s Export Strategy

– Allows UK export businesses to showcase the ‘BOFTA’ product label on their products

President of the Board of Trade and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said:

“Each year, my international economic department helps thousands of companies of every size to break into global markets, ensuring consumers around the world can access the best of British products and services.”

As part of the Government’s recently announced ‘Export Strategy’, the BOFTAs were launched as a series of regional competitions around the UK to help and encourage UK firms to break out and venture into new markets, inspire new entrepreneurs and recognise the SME leaders in exporting.

The UK continues to show encouraging export figures, according to recent figures from the ONS. A weaker pound has certainly helped UK businesses export overseas, and the government’s strategy to continue growing the UK’s export strategy is helping contribute the UK export market as a proportion of GDP.

Who won the BOFTAs?

Pall Mall Barbers

Pall Mall Barbers London – as one of the leading independent barbers in London. 

Granny Gothards

Granny Gothards is an artisan Ice cream and Sorbet maker based in Somerset using only prime fresh products and no artificial flavour or colour.

“It was a very proud moment to be part of the South West Winners and to raise the profile of this amazing area of the UK” said Granny Gothards.

Lazarus Training

Lazarus Training is an Essex-based provider of first aid training

AliveLab

AliveLab is a creator of Augmented Reality toys based in London

Sharon Wyness, CEO of AliveLab, one of the winners, said “We are surprised and delighted to accept this award, as one of just 3 companies in the London region, particularly as such a young company in the toy market.”

James Murden Chief Visionary Officer added: This is a particularly exciting time for AliveLab as Augmented Reality is more popular than ever before and we are frequently approached by other companies to add our magic to their product range, service or attraction”

LittlePod

LittlePod is a producer of ethically-sourced vanilla from Exeter

Alderley Plc

Alderley Plc is a specialist oil and gas engineering firm headquartered in Gloucestershire

Lye Cross Farm

Lye Cross Farm is a Somerset cheesemaker operating since 1952

“We are pleased to share that we are proud recipients of a Board of Trade Award from Liam Fox last night in London. The judging panel were impressed by the way that we are championing exporting and engaging with local initiatives in the West Country, amongst other things. Our MD, Peter Alvis, was on hand to collect the award and was quick to thank everyone back at Lye Cross Farm for their efforts in making this possible.”

Gamification+

Gamification+ provides HR, Sales and Marketing courses in gamification with offices in Brighton

Managing Director Pete Jenkins said: “We are very proud to have received this accolade.”

From a position of zero exports, our Managing Director Pete Jenkins attended a UKTI training course in November 2015 and has since gone on to be recognised as an international expert, speaker, trainer and consultant who has exported to many countries.

Warmup Plc

Warmup Plc is a London-based manufacturer of underfloor heating solutions

These BOFTAs are awarded during a time of record high exports from the UK. Latest ONS figures show the export of British goods and services rose by 2.3% to £630 billion in the year to November 2018.

The awards follow on the momentum of the launch of the Department for International Trade’s Export Strategy last year, which sets out how Government will support companies of all sizes to make the most of the opportunities presented by markets around the world. The strategy was created following extensive engagement with a range of UK businesses and sets a new ambition from Government to increase exports as a proportion of UK GDP to 35%.

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