The Queen's Awards Magazine 2016

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Many happy returns to Her Majesty and warmest congratulations to all the winners of The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

As the only professional body representing international traders, the Institute has also just celebrated an anniversary having served UK businesses since 1935. Our commitment to building competence in trading best practice is vital to economic success, especially as business begins to look further afield for new markets and, is a strong as ever. We know that any business carrying The Queen’s Awards logo is well received internationally and The Institute of Export is extremely proud of its involvement with the International Trade element of the scheme.

In this constantly changing trading landscape it is crucially important to be competitive and this years’winners have shown true imagination and resilience in some very challenging markets.

To trade profitably across the globe businesses need to have one source of information and authority that they can trust for support and direction. The Institute endeavours to provide this by delivering the skills, knowledge, qualifications and standards needed to succeed underpinned by digital innovation. Our commitment to drive professionalism in international trade in all aspects of export, import and supply chain management remains constant. Each year we are delighted to award a Corporate Membership as a gift to every winner in the International Trade category. This membership supports further growth into new markets and enhances skills in companies seeking to broaden their horizons. Our vibrant Queen’s Awards Gala Dinner for the winners offers a chance to unwind, with your team, in the gracious surroundings offered by the capital city. This year we are at One Great George Street on Wednesday, September 28, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Lesley Batchelor OBE Director General Institute of Export & International Trade

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