International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has announced that small businesses can now access government-backed export finance directly from their banks, boosting UK trade.
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.
In 2016, Alastair made history, sitting alongside UK Export Finance, to sign a landmark loan with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for the Development Works Phase of Erbil and Sulaimani Water and Wastewater Project. The loan was the first use by KRG of the ‘Law To Raise Funds Through Borrowing by The Kurdistan Region, number (7) of 2015’.
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.