The news sees engineering specialist WHP confirmed as a finalist in the Export Award category for businesses across the Northumberland and Tyneside area.
The awards celebrate achievement and innovation among North East business, while the much sought-after export accolade recognises companies that have generated substantial and sustained increases in export activity.
WHP has seen continued success over the last 24 months, achieving significant growth in overseas markets and delivering export sales of £5.5m in 2018. Several multi-million-pounds of business has already been secured for 2019 with further opportunities in final stages of negotiation as the company targets further growth in existing and new market sectors.
Overall, the company anticipates that future growth will come from increased market share, developing new markets and introducing new solutions in the provision of design and build services for cleanroom and process plant installations. To support this growth, investment has also been made in new sales teams, which will be developed further in 2019 with additional people.
Ian Lichfield, Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award, which reflects our success in winning and developing significant overseas trade.
WHP continues to go from strength-to-strength, with strong demand for our expertise, skills and technology from customers around the world. The export opportunities we are creating are also generating growth and employment opportunities within the North East. So, this nomination is a fitting reward for everyone’s hard work, effort and success.”
The North East Business Awards are organised by The Journal and Gazette newspapers, in association with North East England Chamber of Commerce and a host of sponsors. The winners of the regional awards will go through to the Grand Final in May, which this year is being held at Hardwick Hall.