We are delighted to announce that Pollite have won Micro Exporter of the Year at the PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards 2017. Managing Director, Adrian Harrison and Sales and Business Development Manager, Richard Landsbury collected the award on behalf of the company at a ceremony at the Leeds Marriott hotel, UK.
The Northern Powerhouse Export Awards 2017 celebrate excellence in international trade across the North of England. They reflect upon PD Ports firm commitment and investment in supporting export growth to drive economic prosperity across the North of England. They recognise that exporting and international trade remain central to the UK’s economic growth agenda and these awards honour those emerging wealth creating companies that are selling their products and services overseas in international markets.
The Micro Exporter of the Year award was searching for a company that achieved export growth through sales and market penetration and Pollite proved they are the perfect candidate for the award. They were seeking a company who used innovative market strategies to extend their export potential; and that’s exactly what we did. As a small business, we have had to be strategic in the territories and countries that we target. Over the last 3-4 years we have worked hard to break into historically, a highly protected market, and now can boast of completed jobs in each of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) amongst others. Some notable projects in 2016 include Jan Mayen (a remote island in the middle of the Norwegian Sea), St Helena, Mauritania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Azores.
This is a true David and Goliath story. As a small, privately owned business, we have managed to create a completely new product, break into a very closed, safety conscious market to become a highly respected, thought leader in the industry with a presence in over 60 countries. We have literally taken every opportunity possible to break into the export market. We did not let the size of our competitors faze us; in fact we used it to our advantage. Managing Director Adrian Harrison said,
“It’s taken a tough skinned, innovative approach and lots of blood, sweat and tears to reach this point in such a short period of time but we are enormously proud of what we have achieved and have set our sights even higher for the future.”