Connecting exporters from the Leeds City Region

Yorkshire exporters urged to showcase their success

With the 2019 Excellence in Business Awards from The Yorkshire Post now open, the judges are looking for entries from the latest cohort of world class exporters in the region following the achievement of robotics specialist Sewtec which claimed the title of Exporter of the Year in 2018.

Dewsbury-based Sewtec designs and builds bespoke automation solutions for the food, pharmaceutical, personal care and tobacco sectors. The company generates over 85 per cent of its sales from exports alone and operates in 17 markets across all six continents, including the USA, Brazil, China, Germany, Russia and Australia.

The company serves a host of global multinationals such as Nestlé, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble.

Commenting on last year’s award win, Sewtec managing director, Mark Cook, said: “Winning the Exporter of the Year award last year meant a great deal to us.

“It recognised the outstanding contribution everyone at Sewtec makes to the ongoing success of our business in international markets, and helped further raise our profile within the region and beyond.”

Greg Wright, The Yorkshire Post’s deputy business editor, said: “The region has some incredible firms who have embraced the opportunity to engage with overseas markets.

“This award provides these outstanding firms with the opportunity to gain the recognition they deserve. We will be delighted to receive entries from firms of all sizes and across all sectors.”

This year’s event will take place on 7 November, with the venue and speakers due to be revealed in the coming weeks.

The closing date for entries is 7 June.

For information about the other awards categories available and details of how to enter, visit