Nominations for the 2019 awards now open!
The GTR-BExA Young Exporter Award and Young Export Financier Award (new for 2019) are open to candidates aged 35 and under (as at 31st December 2018), and employed in the export or export finance department of a manufacturing, trading or financial services company registered in the UK. The successful candidates, selected from a shortlist of interviewed candidates, will have typically played a key role in winning or closing financing of a significant order or achieving a series of smaller orders, or in establishing a new business process which has led to increased export competitiveness. The judging panel is made up of representatives from the BExA Council and GTR magazine. Winners receive a cheque for £1,000 and a 1-year subscription to GTR (valued at £550).
Do you know a young exporter or young export financier who deserves recognition? If so, download the nomination form now and return to firstname.lastname@example.org – deadline for nominations is Wednesday, 31 July.
Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a GTR-BExA judging panel in September, and winners will be presented with their awards at the BExA Annual Lunch, to be held at the Mansion House, City of London, on 8th October.
GTR-BExA Young Exporter Award 2018
The finalists of this year’s Award have been recognised at the BExA Annual Lunch which was held at Mansion House on 10th October.
The Winner of the Award was announced as Jonathon Moyce, owner and Director of Loving Pets UK Ltd. Jonathon brought together all the key elements that the judges were looking for in a winner: he started his own business, has designed products, and has grown his business exponentially since he founded it in 2014 – always with a clear focus on exports. The company currently exports to 11 countries and stocks with multinational vendors. Clearly happy to roll up his sleeves to do whatever it takes to make the business a success, Jonathon is a true export entrepreneur.
The Runner-up of the Award this year was Alessia Borrini, a Bid Manager at NMS Infrastructure Ltd, a managing EPC developer specialising in fully-funded infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Alessia’s role at NMS was initially focussed on supporting bid development in Francophone Africa, but having quickly developed a deep understanding of what is needed to win business abroad, the company now credits her with making a significant contribution to the winning of major contracts. With her remarkable insight and energy, Alessia has all the determination and potential to become a positive force for export.
The other finalists were:
George Hunter, Director of Sales at Coltraco Ultrasonics Ltd, a company which designs and manufactures safety instrumentation and monitoring systems across a range of markets including marine and power generation. Trading across borders is clearly in George’s blood and the passion and energy he demonstrated towards his work is the essence of a truly pioneering exporter.
Tom Wrigley, Vice President Business Development at Winch Energy, a global off-grid energy developer and technology integrator. Tom’s knowledge of Export Finance and enthusiasm for the political motivators that drive the business has meant that he has been front and centre of business development for some really vital projects in Africa.
Geoff de Mowbray, Co-Chairmen of BExA and one of the Award judges commented “Having met with these remarkable young people – all of whom are winners in their own right – I’m pleased to report that the spirit of UK exports is well and truly alive!”
L-R: Alderman Sir David Wootton, Jonathon Moyce, Marcus Dolman, Geoff de Mowbray, Alessia Borrini and Baroness Symons.
Winner of GTR-BExA Young Exporter Award 2017
Congratulations to Alastair White, Deputy Chairman of Biwater International Ltd, on being named GTR-BExA Young Exporter of the Year 2017. BExA Co-Chairmen, Geoffrey de Mowbray and Marcus Dolman, presented Alastair with his award at the BExA Annual Lunch held at Mansion House on 10th October. Alastair was commended for his leading role in Biwater’s international growth and development over the past decade, and notably for his part in securing the $1.2 billion Erbil and Sulaimani Water and Wastewater project.
Runner-up of the Young Exporter Award this year was Jack Holmes, commended by judges for the passion and enthusiasm he demonstrated in his business development role at Winch Energy Ltd, a company providing renewable energy solutions and Wi-Fi services for off-grid rural populations in Africa.
Winner of GTR-BExA Young Exporter Award 2016
The Award this year has joint winners – congratulations to Nick de Lisle, Bid Manager at NMS Infrastructure Ltd, and Freddie Tucker, Trade & Structured Finance at Dints International Ltd. The announcement was made at the Association’s Annual Lunch at the Mansion House on 10th October, where both winners received a presentation from BExA President, the Earl of Kilmorey.
Nick de Lisle and the Earl of Kilmorey Freddie Tucker and the Earl of Kilmorey
From left to right: Geoff de Mowbray, BExA co-Chairman; Shannon Manders, Editor of GTR Magazine; the Earl of Kilmorey; Nick de Lisle; Alderman Sir Alan Yarrow; Freddie Tucker; Marcus Dolman, BExA co-Chairman; Debby Bass, BExA Banking Committee Chairman; Susan Ross, BExA Vice-President; and Terry Partridge, BExA SME & Micro-Exporters Committee Joint-Chairman.
Winner of GTR-BExA Young Exporter Award 2015
Troy Wang, VP-Customers at Rolls-Royce plc, was announced as the Winner of the GTR BExA Young Exporter Award 2015 at the Association’s Annual Lunch at Mansion House, City of London, on 13th October 2015. The runner-up was Gurpreet Singh, Buyer (International) at Lakesmere Ltd.
Winner of GTR-BExA Young Exporter Award 2014
Christopher Blackford, Co-Founder and Operations Director of Sky-Futures was announced as the Winner of the GTR BExA Young Exporter Award 2014 at the Association’s Annual Lunch at Mansion House, City of London, on 2nd October 2014. The runner-up was Meagen Austgen of Rolls-Royce.
Winner of GTR-BExA Young Exporter Award 2013
Geoffrey de Mowbray, 31, is the Winner of the GTR BExA Young Exporter Award 2013. He is CEO of Dints International Ltd., a leading supplier to the African mining, construction and other heavy industries, which he founded in 2007 and now has a turnover in excess of £10m pa.