THE SCOTTISH Export Index (formally Scottish Export Awards) is returning for the first time since 2018, in recognition of the continued success of Scotland’s exporters on the world stage, which is believed to account for £87.1bn worth of exports globally.
Run by business support services provider UMi, the awards garnered over 150 nominations from companies across Scotland the last time it was run before the coronavirus pandemic.
With headline sponsors HSBC working alongside strategic partners Scottish Government and Scotland House London, the index will see businesses recognised in 12 categories ranging from micro and macro exporters to e-commerce, food and drink and emerging markets.
Previous winners have included Bridge of Weir Leather, Pure Malt Products, Teknek UK and Trtl.
The 2022 Scottish Export Index will have an underlying focus on sustainability, with a new dedicated award category for ‘Net Zero Exporter’ being introduced, aimed at companies exporting goods and services that meet the goal of a net zero economy.
Judges will recognise businesses that can demonstrate themselves as responsible exporters who take action to reduce the carbon footprint of their export sales.
With Scottish Government looking to raise exports to 25% of the country’s GDP – an increase of £25bn by 2029,the judging panel will also be on the lookout for businesses that have demonstrated impressive growth in new markets and a bold willingness to invest in their future growth.
Nicki Clark OBE, UMi Chief Executive, said: “It’s never been more important that Scottish businesses are inspired, celebrated, motivated and supported to start or continue exporting their goods and services. We’re delighted to finally be launching this year’s Scottish Export Index, which will achieve that and much more.
“The campaign was established to recognise and celebrate the efforts of companies that are adventurous, progressive and making a positive impact on the Scottish economy.
“This year, the Index will highlight those businesses that are shaping the future of the exporting landscape, not just in Scotland but on a global scale.”
Leigh Briggs, Regional Director of Global Trade & Receivables Finance for North of England & Scotland at HSBC, said: “HSBC is delighted to support this year’s Scottish Export Index, whilst also playing an important role in opening up a world of opportunities for businesses – small and large – especially as they navigate international trade.
“This campaign is a recognition of the great efforts and excellence demonstrated by Scottish businesses exporting their goods and services, and a very timely celebration given the challenges that many have experienced in the last couple of years. Congratulations to all nominees.”
Scottish Trade Minister, Ivan McKee, said: “Exports play a key role in ensuring Scotland’s economy can adapt to economic challenges, such as those businesses have faced in recent years.
“The Index is a reminder of the importance of recognising and celebrating successes in export growth. Through innovation and resilience businesses are supporting their economic recovery and Scotland’s economic future.
“I would like to congratulate all those nominated and wish them the best of luck in the Index and in their future.”
For more information and to register your interest, please visit here. All nominations will close in April 2023 with judging taking place the following month.