This is the second installment of our company spotlights for the Golden Bridge Awards 2016. The Golden Bridge Awards recognise the trade and export success of UK companies doing business in Belgium, and Belgian & Luxembourg companies doing business in the UK. As the Golden Bridge Awards gala 2016 draws ever closer, we learn a little more about this year’s finalists, BelExport, Namgrass and Shanks plc
Namgrass UK was launched in 2009 after The Grass Company spotted a gap in the UK market whilst attending the Chelsea Flower show, once just an operation containing one employee, the company now employs over 20 talented individuals within the UK branch. Such growth has been achieved via consistent reinvestment in the company, its products and its people, with regular product updates and development in the UK being rolled out throughout Europe. Providing high quality artificial grass solutions for companies and individuals, Namgrass works with local partners to reach out across the UK, touting commercial work with the likes of popular Sky Sports programme ‘Soccer AM’ as well as amusement parks Alton Towers and Legoland.
BelExport is a Fruit Export Company whose main products are Apples and Pears, grown in the Haspengouw Region (Limburg). Founded in 1994, in the last 10 years Britain has become a key market and despite recent challenges such as the Russian Contra-ban (the banning of fruit and vegetable imports from EU countries) the UK continues to be a strong market for the company. In 2015 Bel’Export exported over 9.5 million kilos of pears, due to their flexibility and commitment to delivering quality products even in challenging situations. Tradition and loyalty are two key values for this family owned business who are spreading Haspengouw region traditions.
Finally, Shanks Group plc is a leading international waste to product business, meeting the growing need to manage waste without damaging the environment. Their solutions reduce greenhouse gas emissions, recycle natural resources and limit fossil fuel dependency. Originally formed in 1880, Shanks first moved into Belgium in 1998 and continues to grow in the country after recently announcing a merger with Benelux waste firm Van Gansewinkel Groep B.V. Shanks operates in three divisions; Hazardous, Commercial and Municipal, and has operations in the Netherlands, Belgium, UK and Canada, employing around 3,500 people.
Click here to see each finalist’s profile on the Belgium-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce’s website.
There is still time to register to attend the Awards Gala, held at the prestigious Victoria Ballroom at the Belgium-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce Clubhouse in London on Thursday November 24th with a keynote speech by Thomas Leysen, Chairman of KBC. To find out more information click here or email our team via firstname.lastname@example.org