The Lord-Lieutenant congratulates the following companies, which have been granted The Queen’s Award for International Trade, 2014.
Jon Tibbs Associates Ltd – Speldhurst
Founded in 2001, Jon Tibbs Associates Ltd (JTA) provides strategic brand building and communications consultancy in the international sports movement. It wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade having increased exports as a percentage of turnover from 47% to 68% over the last three years and achieving overseas earnings growth, particularly in the Olympic movement. The company’s strategy for growth is based on developing a creative and innovative approach to help clients meet their objectives and to promote positive change through sport. This has been achieved through a low key and personal approach to existing and new clients, based on word of mouth recommendations from existing key players within the industry.
Marco Ltd – Edenbridge
Established in 1985, Marco Ltd manufactures intelligent fresh produce packaging equipment for pre-packed soft fruit, grapes, tomatoes, salads and vegetables. It wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade having grown its overseas sales over the last three years and increased its exports as a percentage of total turnover from 23.5% to 31%. It has established new business in North America, Peru, Portugal, Egypt, Zimbabwe and Denmark. Marco Ltd commits to market entry in two new countries each year. It has used the services of UK Trade & Investment to enter specific markets, which led directly to it picking up significant orders following its second visit to Chile.
Maviga International (Holdings) Limited – Yalding
Established in 1994, Maviga International (Holdings) Ltd supplies dried edible pulses (peas, beans, lentils and chick peas) and other special crops including sesame seeds. It wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade having grown overseas sales in a challenging market sector over the last three years. Maviga values long term relationships with both customers and suppliers and continues to invest in land, warehouses and processing equipment to uphold product quality control in both North America and Africa. It has established new business in Africa, the Far and Middle East over the last three years to add to its top markets of China, India, Turkey, Spain and Egypt.