The first-ever recipients of the Made in the UK, Sold to the World awards have been announced on Wednesday 17th May celebrating the exporting success of small businesses across the UK.
Exporters support jobs, pay higher wages and help deliver on the government’s priority to grow our economy, and these inaugural awards highlight the vital contribution small businesses make to the UK.
Winners include Little Moons who produce colourful ice cream bites wrapped in ‘mochi’ dough which have become a mainstay of major supermarkets in the UK. Awarded in the agriculture, food and drink category, the business exports to 28 countries including Australia, the Middle East and mainland Europe.
Business and Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch said:
'We’re proud of our British exporters and these Awards rightly highlight some fantastic businesses punching above their weight and selling UK-made products around the world. I hope they serve as inspiration to others looking to get onto the exporting ladder.'
The winning businesses have been drawn from seven sectors: consumer goods, education, agriculture, food and drink, creative, financial and professional services, digital and manufacturing.
Marco Forgione, Director General of the Institute of Export & International Trade:
'It is a great honour for IOE&IT to partner with DBT in this exciting new award programme. As a judge of the inaugural Made in the UK, Sold to the World awards, I had the pleasure to see the depth of talent, entrepreneurial spirit and outstanding business success which this year’s competition showcased. It was very difficult to choose just one winner in each category.'
'This competition is further proof that international trade is a force for good, and that British goods and services are hugely valued overseas. The ingenuity of these winners should act as a catalyst to encourage more British businesses to explore new export markets. We look forward to welcoming all the winners and highly commended businesses in this year’s awards as members of the Institute of Export & International Trade and we will continue to work closely with DBT to champion the amazing work being undertaken by British businesses trading across the world.'
Winning businesses will receive a digital badge and physical certificate and have promotional activity across DBT channels, including individual profiles to share their export success. They will also be visited by a DBT official and receive an Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT) complimentary business membership for one year.
This year’s winners include:
- Agri, Food and Drink – Little Moons, London
- Consumer Goods – ScotlandShop, Berwickshire
- Creative – Crowd, Bournemouth
- Digital – ONYX Insight, Nottingham
- Education – Scanning Pens, Wiltshire
- Financial and Professional Services – Worldwide Recruitment Solutions, Altrinham
- Manufacturing – Concrete Canvas, Pontyclun
Read more on the GOV.uk website here.