Top export award joy for Hall-Fast

Local industrial supplies company, Hall-Fast, is setting the standard in the region when it comes to exporting – after being named ‘Midlands Exporter of the Year’ at a gala awards ceremony on Friday night.

Hall-Fast managing director, Malcolm Hall, was on hand to receive the prestigious honour at the 2012 Midlands Business Awards, held at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham.

This was the latest in a string of business awards for the six-year-old company, which has now added export success to its many other achievements.

Hall-Fast, which is based in Boughton, supplies specialist fasteners, industrial equipment and associated products, to companies across the UK and to 74 overseas destinations. It has quickly become one of the most decorated companies in the Midlands with honours including:

l British Chamber of Commerce Achievement in Export Award - third

l British Chamber of Commerce - East Midlands Entrepreneur of the Year – regional winner

l Nottingham Post Awards – Small Business of the Year – finalist

l Mansfield 2020 – Business of the Year – winner

Friday’s Midlands Business Awards were judged by a panel which included Joe Elliott, director of Coventry City FC; Richard Riley, director of Universities, West Midlands and Jon Griffin, Business Editor of the Birmingham Mail.

In winning the Midlands Exporter of the Year award, the judges said Hall-Fast had demonstrated outstanding performance in exporting, and innovative export strategies, leading to significantly increased business results.

Since launching its exporting operation three years ago, at the height of the recession, Hall-Fast now exports to 74 countries and export sales are expected to be around 35 per cent of turnover this year.

Malcolm Hall, said: “It’s a great reward for the hard work everyone here has put in over the last three years.

“I am now looking forward to working with local business support organisations to explain how we have approached this area of our business in the hope that it will inspire other companies to develop their own export strategies.”