By Daniel Hunter

Charterhouse have been announced as the winners of the International Trade Company of the Year Award at the 2012 International Trade Awards, holding off stiff competition from several other outstanding candidates.

Now entering their fifth year, the International Trade Awards, sponsored by American Express Foreign Exchange Services, are the only UK wide business awards to exclusively recognise the excellence achieved by the UK’s leading exporters and importers.

Charterhouse is a marketing services production company that manages the sourcing, production and final delivery of printed and digital communications on behalf of our clients.

Despite the challenges posed by current global economic conditions, UK companies are still competing on the International stage and the 2012 International Trade Awards celebrates these ventures and successes. Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Green, who introduced last year’s gala lunch and awards, said that "exporting is ‘not just good for Britain’, but that it is ‘essential for Britain’."

“It’s a great honour to receive such an award and confirms that we are heading in the right direction,” Anthony Hawkins, New Business Director at Charterhouse said.

“Whilst the entire company wasn’t at the awards it is important to stress that this is the work of everybody involved at Charterhouse, and will be a great morale boost for the staff back at our offices.

“We have had a great 2012 and have already set our targets for the coming year and are confident of continuing our growth as a business.”

This year’s awards were held at The Brewery on 10th December, where a panel of industry experts, including Lord Empey, Lesley Batchelor, Director General of the Institute of Export & International Trade, Allan Biggar, CEO Xperiamedia, Rocco Magno, General Manager FX IP at American Express Services Europe Limited and Alan Stevens, the Media Coach, announced the winners.

Applicants were competing in four categories, the Small to Medium Sized Company of the Year Award, Excellence in Innovation Award, New Frontiers Award and Company of the Year Award.

"The standard was incredibly high, particularly for the main award where the judges were torn between some very impressive entries. There were some very difficult choices to make," said Rocco Magno.

"It is pleasing to see such a high standard across the board as it shows that there is real hope for the economy, and that there are a huge number of excellent businesses out there."

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