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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. Following on from our previous GBA Spotlight, we are happy to present two more of this year’s finalists: Doncasters Settas and Les Carrières de la Pierre Bleue Belge.

 Doncasters Settas S.A

Doncasters Settas is a titanium casting facility, which operates the largest vacuum furnace in Europe and in the world with a capacity of 1 ton of titanium, and is an established supplier of titanium castings worldwide to aerospace, defence, navy, pump and valve, and many more markets.

Pierre Bleue

Les Carrières de la Pierre Bleue Belge extracts, processes and supplies Belgian Blue Limestone (Bluestone). Their first quarry was opened in Soignies in 1668. Today, exports amount to 28% of their turnover, with 5% of this going to the UK for use in construction projects, large and small. Through partnership with a UK supplier, they have created the opportunity for UK customers to purchase all Bluestone products directly, thereby saving UK customers time and reducing their costs

We hope to see you during the awards ceremony on Wednesday 22nd November where you’ll find out who this year’s winners are.

The Golden Bridge Awards recognise the trade and investment success of UK companies doing business in Belgium, and Belgian & Luxembourg companies doing business in the UK. As the 2017 awards ceremony draws closer, we learn a little more about three of this year’s finalists, FAO27, Abnormal Load Engineering (ALE) and Renson.

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The company was founded in 2009 and named FAO27 Ltd, after the grid reference for the North Sea fishing sector and standing for Freshness and Origin, 27 for Traceability. Headquartered in Dingwall (in the Highland, Scotland), FAO27 acts as the export sales department for Scottish seafood family run businesses for whom access to export markets are difficult. FAO27 is committed to this sector as it is a pillar of the Scottish economy and an important part of its culture. The fisheries sector constitutes a main source of income for a large number of families. FAO27 itself is a small business with three full time staff based in Scotland and a further two personals based in France, but it supports over 150 full time jobs/families in Scotland. Through its activities, the company has created jobs within the family businesses that it represents.

 

Ale logoAnother finalist is ALE, one of the world’s leading international heavy transport and installation contractors with a global network of operating centres and a large fleet of heavy cranes, specialist transport and installation equipment. ALE provides engineering, heavy lifting, transportation, installation, ballasting, jacking, skidding and weighing services across the world. They are known best for their exceptional project management, engineering intelligence and Innovation Series fleet.

 

RensonFinally, Renson manufacture and supply natural and mechanical ventilation solutions including outdoor sun protection structures. Renson employ more than 90 research and development staff across the group and take innovation very seriously, they challenge their team to be at the forefront of market trends, innovation and design in all of their territories, however, in the UK they have specific requirements that are researched, understood and marketed by some of the best people in the industry, many with 20 plus years of service to Renson Fabrication Ltd. They are also part of many lobbying groups that promote healthy living through clean air, that specifically has a dramatic effect on the wellbeing of asthma sufferers, a UK ticking time bomb. To ensure they reach the correct people to enforce change in attitudes and regulation they carry out CPD’s to more than 200 registered architects per year promoting the healthy spaces concept.

 

There is still time to register to attend the awards ceremony, held at the British Residence in Brussels on Wednesday 22nd November. To find out more information, click here  or contact Alexandra.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Golden Bridge Trade & Investment Awards present an exciting opportunity for UK companies trading or investing in Belgium, and Belgian & Luxembourg companies trading or investing in the UK to showcase their bilateral success to an international jury and celebrate their achievements during an exclusive ceremony hosted by the British Ambassador to Belgium, Alison Rose. Having recently held the jury day for this year’s competition, the finalists will await the Golden Bridge Awards (GBA) evening to find out who this year’s winners are.

Today, we look back at two of our 2016 GBA winners: Orega, a privately owned service office provider, who won the Best New Comer Award to the BeLux market and Bel’Export, a fruit export company whose main products are apples and pears, who secured the Golden Bridge Award for a Belgian company exporting to the UK.

We spoke with Maarten Lauwens, CFO at Bel’Export and Armelle Couasnon, Regional Director at Orega who told us a bit more about how they have used their Golden Bridge Awards success.

What has been the response internally/externally to winning a Golden Bridge Trade & Investment Award?

Maarten told us that the Golden Bridge award created a very positive atmosphere at Bel’Export. “It has provided recognition for our hard work, over many years, and for overcoming the numerous challenges we face in the UK. All our staff are proud to be part of a winning team and our customers are happy to be part of the success story. It has created a very positive drive throughout our company, from the staff and to the client”, said Maarten.

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Why do you think participating in such events is valuable for a company?

Armelle said that participating in the awards has sent the correct message to Orega’s business partners based in Belgium. Furthermore, the award delivers to company’s potential customers a strong message, as they were new comers on the Belgian market.

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How have you used your success in your promotion/communication/marketing strategy?

Bel’Export used specialised media to communicate their success, which gave them greater visibility within their industry.  “We further used our success by using the logo in our communication to our suppliers, customers and other stakeholders. We are also having a promotional video made by one of our partners surrounding the harvesting process of our pears,” said Maarteen.

What is your company working towards in 2017? Are you engaging in new projects?

Orega is focusing on their two main business centres across Belgium and using the awards as a stamp of approval for their Belgian operations. For Bel’Export, “due to the April 2017 frost, the volume of our produce available will be different. However, we are doing all we can to supply our loyal customers fully. The new challenges of 2017 must be prepared for, the likes of Brexit and climate change will provide a new challenge for the company. As a company we are searching for new markets, but also new regions to start our orchards,” says Maarten.

Keep an eye on our upcoming blog posts that will feature the 2017 Golden Bridge Awards finalists!

For more information about the awards, please visit our website or contact us via email.

 

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Gain visibility and recognition for excellence in trade and export by applying for the Golden Bridge Trade and Investment Awards.

What is the Golden Bridge Trade and Export Awards?

The 2017 Golden Bridge Trade and Investment Awards present an exciting opportunity for UK companies trading or investing in Belgium, and Belgian and Luxembourgian companies trading or investing in the UK to showcase their bilateral success to an international jury and celebrate their achievements during an exclusive ceremony hosted by the British Ambassador to Belgium, Alison Rose at the British Residence in Brussels, at the heart of Europe.

The Golden Bridge Awards is co-organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain.

Fun fact: Belgium was the 7th largest export market to the UK and the UK was the 12th largest export market to Belgium last year.

Why should you apply?

Expand your international network, gain business and political expertise, receive recognition for your achievements.

The Golden Bridge Award opens doors to an international network and the connections businesses need to succeed both at home and abroad. Our international panel of judges from the business community are also affiliated with regional trade and investment bodies as well as embassies from the UK, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Winning a Golden Bridge Award will solidify your credibility on any of the three markets and will reinforce your pivotal role  in the economic relationship between Belgium, the U.K. and Luxembourg.

Previous winners of the Best Newcomer category, Orega, shared that the recognition for their export credentials gave them even greater visibility.

“It has sent the right message to our business partners based in Belgium. The award delivers to our potential customers a strong message, as we were new comers on the market.”
-Orega, Golden Bridge Best Newcomer Winner 2016

The award made a positive impression on their business partners with their improved credibility.

Bel’Export, 2016 winner of the Golden Bridge Award for UK business to Belgium, shared that the Golden Bridge award raised their company profile internationally as well as at home.

“As company you gain visibility, in – and outside the UK. It is a recognition for doing a good job.”

-Bel’Export, Golden Bridge Winner 2016

What will you win?

The winners of the Global Bridge award will receive:

  • Visibility at the awards event itself.
  • A one-year free membership* of the British Chamber. If you qualify under our SME criteria, you receive free  membership already if you are shortlisted as a finalist.
  • Participation in our Golden Bridge Awards Winners’ Day programme in Brussels in January 2018 to celebrate your success.
  • Your company featured in the British Chamber’s annual publications and in articles on our social media channels.

Apply now! The final registration deadline is 30th September!
Do you want to be a Golden Bridge Awards partner? Check the Golden Bridge Trade & Investment Award page on our website for more information or contact Alexandra Trandafir at alexandra@britishchamber.be.

 The Gala Dinner for the Golden Bridge Awards will take place on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at The British Ambassador’s Residence in Brussels. The applicants will be shortlisted based on their financial performance, their innovation and strategy abroad, and their motivation for entering the awards.

*regular membership

The 2017 Golden Bridge Trade and Investment Awards present an exciting opportunity for UK companies trading or investing in Belgium, and Belgian & Luxembourg companies trading or investing in the UK to showcase their bilateral success to an international jury and celebrate their achievements during an exclusive ceremony hosted by the British Ambassador to Belgium, Alison Rose at the British Residence in Brussels.

As part of our 2017 Golden Bridge Trade and Investment Awards promotion we spoke with Helen Kemp, Group Communications Manager at Renewi plc (formerly known as Shanks Group plc) to see how they have been making use of their 2016 Golden Bridge Award. Renewi, which was created in 2017 by the merger of Shanks Group plc and Van Gansewinkel Groep B.V., is a leading waste-to-product business ideally positioned to be part of the solution to some of the main environmental problems facing society today: reducing waste, avoiding pollution, and preventing the unnecessary use of finite natural resources.

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Shanks Group plc collecting their award from HMA Alison Rose

What has been the response internally/externally to winning a Golden Bridge Trade & Investment Award?
We had a great reaction to the award win both internally and externally. Winning the award was a proud achievement for us as it highlights our commitment and investment in Belgium and the importance it has within our portfolio.

 

Why do you think participating in such events is valuable for a company?
Getting recognition, such as the Golden Bridge Award, cements our position as a leading waste-to-product business and a key contributor to the circular economy in Belgium. Such awards not only motivate our teams but also show our customers, local communities and other stakeholders that we lead in our field.

 

How have you used your success in your promotion/communication/marketing strategy?
We have promoted our award win both on our social media channels and on our website. We also highlight it in a number of publications including our annual report and internal magazine.

 

What did you enjoy most about the awards process?
We really enjoyed the entire process – from writing our entry, presenting our business, meeting the ambassador and the rest of the panel and of course attending the awards where we were grateful to receive an award!

 
What is your company working towards in 2017? Are you engaging in new projects?
Since our merger earlier this year, we are now primarily focused on integrating our two great businesses. We will always have three top priorities of keeping each other safe, serving our customers and delivering our commitments.

 

What advice would you have for 2017 applicants?
We would advise 2017 applicants to not be shy to show why you should win the award. At Renewi we have a fantastic business in Belgium and we were happy to promote it!

 

The deadline to submit your applications for the 2017 Golden Bridge Awards is now 29 September. Traditionally consisting of three categories – Best Newcomer, Best Small/Medium Sized Enterprise and the Golden Bridge Trade and Investment Award – applying for and winning an award is entirely free of charge.
For more information about the awards, please visit our website or contact us via email.

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