Oxfordshire’s Spice Application Systems (SAS) achieved national recognition for its export achievements when it was a finalist in the International Trade Awards 2012.
The company, which specialises in the use of electrostatic technology to apply flavourings and powders to a wide range of foodstuffs, was shortlisted for The International Trade Small to Medium Sized Company of the Year Award.
The SAS team was invited to the UK grand final held in London on December 10 at The Brewery, where a panel of industry experts, including Parveen Thornhill, Regional Director for UKTI London, Lesley Batchelor, Director General of the Institute of Export & International Trade and Rocco Magno, General Manager FX IP at American Express Services Europe, announced the winners.
“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.”
SAS managing director Peter King said although the company had missed out on walking away with the top trophy, he was proud SAS had been recognised for its achievements.
“It was an excellent event and we were delighted to have been shortlisted alongside so many great companies,” he said.
“The export market is extremely important to us and being recognised for the hard work and dedication we have put into the business is indeed an accolade. We are proud to fly the flag for British manufacturing and expertise overseas, and we are planning further growth in all export markets.”
Overseas markets account for 98% of SAS’s turnover and its highly-specialised range of equipment for food manufacturers is installed on around 2,000 food processing lines worldwide.
The audience of some 200 businessmen and women from across the UK heard Lord Empey pay tribute to the UK’s “fantastic” exporters and call for a balanced economy with a broad base of both manufacturers and tradeable services.
The awards, now in their fifth year, are sponsored by American Express Foreign Exchange Services and are the only UK wide business awards to exclusively recognise the excellence achieved by the UK’s leading exporters and importers.