Special Recognition Award

Entry Information

This category is not open for entries but will be selected by the judges.

Purpose of Competition

A business that the judges feel deserves special recognition for its contribution to North East export success. This award may be presented as an additional award to a winner of one of the other categories or to another organisation that the judges would like to commend for their commitment to export excellence.

Judging Criteria

In determining the winner, the judges will take the following factors into account:

  • Product range being exported.
  • Complexity and number of markets served. *
  • Company/team performance.
  • Obstacles/barriers to success.
  • Development of export strategy.
  • Percentage of growth in export sales.
  • Staff development measures undertaken.
  • Performance against other exporting organisations of similar size and sector
  • Impact on the region

*Including serving more complex and more lucrative high growth markets. High growth markets are as follows: Brazil, China, Columbia, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, S.Africa, S.Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam.


The competition is not open to the category sponsors or Trinity Mirror North East publications.


The awards will be presented at the North East Exporters' dinner on Thursday 15th June at Ramside Hall Hotel, County Durham. The awards are a partnership between NEECC, Port of Tyne and ncjMedia. All staff from these partner organisations are excluded from this competition. Any entrant related to any member of the partnership organisations involved in the judging panel is obliged to disclose this fact as soon as it is known. 

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