On the weekend when the Chamber’s International Trade Club celebrated its 60th Anniversary, businesses in East Lancashire gathered to celebrate the success of local companies who trade internationally.

Fantastic photos from the day can be found here.

The International Trade Club was formed on the 2nd December 1957 by the Burnley & District Chamber of Commerce. The Club, which now has over 100 members is firmly established in East Lancashire’s business culture.
This year’s gathering, at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel, welcomed former Air Traffic Controller Phil Holt. Phil told the audience about his experiences of 40 years as an Air Traffic Controller, highlighting some of the many changes that had taken place during that time. Phil has worked at Heathrow and Manchester Airports in addition to training many of today’s Air Traffic Controllers. Phil highlighted some of his more entertaining experiences reassuring members, who fly thousands of miles each year, that safety comes first in what is a very complex business with four independent systems and lots of contingency plans.

East Lancashire’s high flyers in this year’s International Trade Club Awards were represented by winners in 3 awards categories. Cohuborate Limited won the ‘Newcomer to International Trade Award’. This new start-up company manufactures and supplies interactive devices and has already established a truly global supply chain solution. In a short period of time, it has established customers in China, Switzerland and Italy. Highly commended in this category was Highly commended in this category was Fennel UK Limited, a growing family owned company attracting a worldwide customer base within the furniture, mobile leisure and specialist vehicle industries.
Pronar UK Limited won the ‘Outstanding Importer Achievement Award’ after successfully negotiating an exclusive agreement to import agricultural and municipal equipment from Poland. A whirlwind of activity and growth, has seen sales of £600k with 2018 sales set to achieve £2 million.

The winner of the ‘Outstanding Exporter Achievement Award’ was REM UK. REM are the largest manufacturer of salon and spa furniture in the UK and export to over 60 countries. They exhibit at trade shows in the US, Germany and Belgium in addition to having new showrooms in France, Germany and Holland. Their exports have grown to a level of £1.6 million and they have recently added a new innovative range of products. New export countries this year include Israel, the USA and Qatar. Highly commended in this category was Hurst Green Plastics Limited, a family owned business who pride themselves as a direct supplier to some of the largest companies in the world within the aerospace sector. Exports have continuously grown year on year and they now export their storage solutions to 58 countries.

The Awards were presented by Les Nutter, Managing Partner at Cassons who have just renewed their sponsorship of the International Trade Club for a further three years. Les congratulated the Club on reaching its 60th Anniversary saying

“We’re delighted to sign up for another three years. It has been great for us and the members get so much out of it.” He added “I’d like to thank Mandy and the team for the great job they do.”

Congratulations to all the raffle prize winners. The list can be viewed here

Bookings are already being taken for next year’s events, please contact Marie White on 01254 356448 or m.white@chamberelancs.co.uk to secure your spot.

Future International Trade Club Dates for your diary:

  • 22nd February 2018 (Breakfast Meeting)
  • 10th May 2018 (Breakfast Meeting)
  • 12th July 2018 (Breakfast Meeting)
  • 4th October 2018 (Breakfast Meeting)
  • 6th December 2018 (International Trade Club Awards & Gala Luncheon)