Who will win the category for International Trade? Stockport’s Big Business Night out is fast approaching as local businesses prepare for the 6th annual Stockport Business Awards

Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants launched the awards back in 2012 to recognise and reward business excellence in the town.

International trade is very much alive in the area and this year’s International Business of the Year category, sponsored by Clarke Nicklin Financial Planning, has a shortlist including APEM, Laser Quantum and Nexperia.

Stockport Business Award winners in 2016 for international trade were Premier Textiles
Stockport Business Award winners in 2016 for international trade were Premier Textiles

APEM is Europe’s leading independent environmental consultancy specialising in freshwater and marine ecology and aerial surveys. With headquarters in Stockport, they have over 120 staff in eight offices throughout the UK, as well as offices in Germany and the US. They have been offering their clients high quality scientific support for almost 30 years and their scientists and technical experts cover a diverse range of specialisms. A decision six years ago to focus on overseas expansion has seen non-UK turnover rise from only 0.04% of total turnover in 2012, to 8.3% of total turnover last year.

With over 25 years of expertise in photonics innovation, Laser Quantum has become a market-leader in the design, supply and support of advanced lasers. Their continuous wave and ultrafast lasers are highly reliable, exceeding the demands of industry, and innovative, allowing researchers to lead in their fields in a wide range of scientific applications. The outstanding achievements of Laser Quantum internationally have been demonstrated by its exceptional export growth which has increased by 57% over the last 3 years. Their success was also recognised earlier this year when they won The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for International Trade.

Nexperia is a dedicated global leader in Discretes, Logic and MOSFETs devices. They’re a new company with a long history, broad experience and a global customer base. Originally part of Philips, they became a business unit of NXP before becoming an independent company at the beginning of 2017. Nexperia’s focus remains on efficiency, producing consistently reliable semiconductor components at high volume: 85 billion annually. After huge recent investment and development, the fabrication facility in Hazel Grove is now the home of their power MOSFETs and with a current capacity of 24,000 wafers per month it continues to build on a semiconductor legacy of more than 30 years at the site.

Winners will be announced at a Black-Tie dinner at Stockport Town Hall on 12th October which 400 of Stockport’s finest will attend.

Stockport Business Awards are organised by businesses for businesses. The organisers and main sponsors are Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants, and headline sponsors are Gorvins Solicitors and Orbit Developments.

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