The Queen’s Awards have just been announced and the East of England industries have been awarded more than ever before in 2019.
Suffolk Queen’s Awards for Enterprise call for entries, February 2020
The first Suffolk Queen’s awards lunch meeting for 2020 was held in conjunction with the Ipswich Suffolk Business club, the topic Infrastructure. The speaker was Tom Hunt MP.
This was the first of a series of calls for entries for the Suffolk 2020 Queen’s Awards. The next one is planned for the House of Lords on Clean Energy, which is a sector that East of England is outstanding for. The next local event will be on Tourism the venue is to be confirmed after the lockdown has been lifted.
Dr Saul Humphrey, Chair of Building Growth for New Anglia LEP said ”The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are a demonstrable sign of outstanding achievement in Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development and in promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility – all of which are excellent indicators of successful businesses in our region. The Clean Growth ambitions of Norfolk and Suffolk require critical infrastructure to realise our ambitions and The Queen’s Awards are a wonderful accolade to align with that intent.”
UEA/LinksEast event at the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich.
This lunch is aimed as a follow up to University of East Anglia (UEA) / LinksEast event on tastings by Chinese students of local artisan food and drink on the 27th February. The preferences of the Chinese consumer, in food and drink will be revealed during the meal.
LinksEast was founded on the intention of enabling communication and trade between SMEs in the East of England interested in trading internationally.
In an increasingly complicated marketplace of international trade, highlighted by post referendum uncertainties, LinksEast offers a distinctive, fully integrated PR and brand management service to its clients in the East of England bringing them greater awareness and clarity regarding present and potential opportunities both at home and overseas. This enables local firms to utilise effective links to fast track trade with international markets.
We focus on key market sectors in the East of England: Food and Drink, ICT, Transport, Clean Energy, Pharmaceuticals, Education, Aerospace, Medical, Advance Manufacturing and Tourism.
We host the LinksEast Forum, a series of round table discussions at The House of Lords, where invited guests from specific East of England market communities can meet with representatives of Government who have knowledge, insight and expertise to discuss their needs and requirements on the 'how to' questions of international trade. The Forum forms the foundation for the East of England business community of a 'self-help' exchange of knowledge and idea dialogues, with local meetings across the region.
We have qualified multilingual speakers to help businesses build knowledge and confidence to do business overseas, as well as advising on specific opportunities tailored to their needs.
Our understanding of the changing shape of marketing communications in the light of interactive media allows us to give the most suitable responses to projects briefs on the international area to feed through to the East of England.
Trading internationally is all about building a relationship of trust and friendship.
The growing appetite internationally for British food and drink products is underpinned by provenance and premium quality.
As consumers have grown wealthier and ventured further afield to visit new places and explore new cuisines, they have developed new tastes for imported delicacies and remain convinced a premium price is the right price to pay for produce that bears the mark of food safety and years of craftsmanship.
The designation of 'made in Britain' is increasingly one of the biggest assets for British food and drink businesses.
For food companies with the right branding and strategic patience, trading internationally offers a genuine chance for future expansion.