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The Export Award is made each year to recognise excellence in promoting and selling British manufactured furniture, bedding and furnishings to overseas’ markets.
Recent statistics indicate that the United Kingdom has a balance of trade deficit of £3.3 billion. The UK is the only major European country with a deficit.
The UK has a great tradition of fine furniture, bedding and furnishing design and manufacturing. While imitations are often manufactured overseas, there is an increasing demand for ‘the real thing’. Some support is provided by UK Trade & Investment and through the industry’s trade associations. However developing exports takes courage and determination.
The Furniture Makers’ Company is eager to encourage and reward fine export efforts and initiatives and promote them as an example to others. Through the award of The Furniture Makers’ Company Export Award, it is intended that the need to repair the UK’s balance of trade in furniture, bedding and furnishings is recognised.
Applicants are invited to submit case studies for consideration by a panel of judges, who will select the manufacturer deemed to have made the best export initiative or effort in the previous year. The size of the business concerned will be taken into account so that the relative importance of their progress can be measured to equalise opportunities.
While export is not yet one of the key criteria used when assessing eligibility for the ultimate select award of The Furniture Makers’ Company Manufacturing Guild Mark. it ties closely with it and entrants are encouraged to consider application for the Guild Mark. The Manufacturing Guild Mark has proved a valuable tool for those already experiencing significant export success.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have been recognised by The Furniture Makers’ Company for our successful work in export markets. A tribute goes to our great team and partners across the world.” Tony Attard OBE, Group Chief Executive at Panaz (2017 Export Award Winner)
Information about previous Export Award winners can be found here.
An application form is available to download (top right corner of page). Questions about the Export Award can be answered by Doreen Oddy, guild marks manager by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 020 7562 8520.