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Salon supplier celebrates international trade success

A Lancashire business that exports salon equipment around the world has won a prestigious international trade award.

REM (UK) Ltd, a specialist designer of furniture and equipment for the hair and beauty industry, won the Outstanding Exporter Achievement Award at the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce International Trade Club Annual Awards, sponsored by Cassons.

The firm, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2017, now exports to more than 60 countries. Headquartered in Nelson, REM’s export sales have grown to £1.6 million and the company has recently added a new innovative range. In the last 12 months it expanded into new territories with sales in Israel, USA and Qatar.

Michael Roach, Export Sales Director at REM UK Ltd, said: “It was a real surprise when we were announced as the winners. “It’s a fantastic award that recognises the hard work of the team. It’s a real pat on the back for everyone.

“This year marked the company’s 100th anniversary – so it’s a big milestone to reach. Over the years, we have diversified and expanded into different countries – including America, New Zealand and Australia. It has been a tough year because of Brexit, but we are optimistic about 2018.”

Hurst Green Plastics Limited were Highly Commended in the same category.

The International Newcomer Prize went to flat screen specialist Cohuborate Limited, with customers based in China, Switzerland and Italy.

Head of Sales Toni Bradshaw said: “We are delighted and honoured to have been awarded by the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce. As a global start-up with big ambitions, this early recognition underpins our mission to transform learning and working spaces. We look forward to developing our relationship with the Chamber and supporting other local businesses as we continue to grow.”

Fennel UK Limited Highly Commended in the same category and the Outstanding Importer Achievement Award went to agricultural and municipal equipment supplier Pronar UK.

Each winner was presented with an engraved glass trophy from Les Nutter, Senior Director at event sponsors Cassons which is now part of the Baldwins Group.  He said: "East Lancashire has lots of incredible businesses that are thriving in challenging overseas markets, and the International Trade Club Awards are a celebration of their achievements.

“It really is heartening to see such a diverse range of companies succeeding in so many countries across the globe. Long may that continue.”

Mandy Lockett, International Business Director at East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, thanked all of the entrants and looked forward to a prosperous 2018.

“It’s a landmark year for the International Trade Club this year as we celebrate our 60th Diamond Anniversary and the awards was a great celebration of the international trade spirit the led to the foundation of the club back in 1957.”

The International Trade Club was formed on the 2nd December 1957 by the Burnley & District Chamber of Commerce. The Club, which now has over 100 members is firmly established in East Lancashire’s business culture.

From L to R: Karen Byrne and Michael Roach (from REM UK), Les Nutter (Cassons), David Orrell (Pronar UK,  Toni Bradshaw (Cohuborate)

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