By Marcus Leach

The 2010/11 International Trade Awards, sponsored by Santander Corporate Banking, are proud to announce that Aspen Pumps are the winners for London and South East regional award.

The prestigious awards exclusively recognise the UK's leading importers and exporters, who have, in the face of adversity given the challenges posed by the current global economic climate, excelled over the past year.

Following an unprecedented number of high quality applications the judging panel, chaired by Phil Orford of the Forum of Private Business, confirmed that Aspen Pumps was the outstanding candidate for the London and South East region.

Mr Orford, assisted by Martin Hodges, Head of Trade with Santander Corporate Banking, Howard Barrie, Partner at Eversheds, and David Solomons, Senior Partner at Creative Learning Consultants, selected Aspen Pumps from what was an exceptional list of applications.

"It's great to receive a reward that recognises UK manufacturing and export, people who have actually gone through the barriers," said Adrian Thompson of Aspen Pumps.

"One of the key things we do is we culturally align ourselves in the markets. We employ local market specialist, we have all our literature aimed at specific regional cultures, and to have that recognition is fantastic. UK manufacturers are something of mythical beasts now so to be recognised is a real honour."

As the market leader in condensation removal the Halisham-based firm supplies products in over sixty countries. Having previously won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in 2009 the aim now for Aspen is to expand into new emerging markets.

"Our focus of the business is to go into new markets. We are driving this business acrtoss the world, opening up new markets and opening up new distribution networks, all the while embracing and engaging on different cultural levels, breaking down the barriers that can prevent international trade," said Hamish Middleton, Chief Operating Officer at Aspen Pumps.

Scott Pamflett, Business Development Director for Santander London, presenting the award on behalf of Santander Corporate Banking said, "We have been absolutely delighted to sponsor these awards. The UK remains an extremely strong trading nation and it is beyond doubt that companies need both recognition and support to help grow their businesses internationally.

“The innovation, flexibility and sheer tenacity of UK business during difficult times has been both encouraging and exciting and the calibre of the applicants goes to reflect this."

Howard Barrie, Eversheds Head of Trade Finance said, “As an international law firm with a strong local presence, we were keen to get involved in these awards because international trade forms a crucial part of our region’s economy and is key in these challenging economic times. We have taken many major corporate clients into new jurisdictions and advise on global trade from our 44 offices around the world. These awards are an excellent showcase of local talent and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Santander to reward businesses who have excelled in this area”.

Despite turmoil in global markets and the credit crunch, excellent companies, such as Aspen Pumps, continue to show the country, the media and our political masters that UK business and industry are still world-beaters in many fields. International Trade is delighted to have had the opportunity to reward and show off these great British companies.

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