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Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2018: Exporter of the Year

PUBLISHED: 09:20 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:01 21 September 2018

Exporter of the Year

Exporter of the Year


We reveal the winner of this year’s award for Exporter of the Year, sponsored by Barclays

On the evening of Thursday September 20, we celebrated the region’s best innovative engineering and manufacturing companies at the fourth annual Cotswold Life Engineering Manufacturing Innovation Awards, held at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The glittering black tie ceremony celebrated the incredible achievements made by companies who really do put the Cotswolds on the map, drive the region’s economy and keep the area at the top of the tree when it comes to entrepreneurship and business success.

Thanks to both the nominations of the public and our well-respected judges, we have picked a winner worthy of the award for Exporter of the Year, sponsored by Barclays.

The finalists are:

Freeman Technology, Tewkesbury

Freeman Technology has been trading since 2003, making powder flow testing instrumentation. With applications in industries from pharmaceutical to food, electronics to 3D printing, the company boasts a 3.8m turnover.

This year, having opened offices in Japan and Germany, its ambition is to increase exports by 20% by establishing operations in new territories. Currently more than 90% of its instrument sales are exported and Freeman Technology products are now installed in 44 companies worldwide, on six different continents. A Queen’s Award-winner for Innovation and International Trade, it is committed to the European Intensified by Design project, part of an 80bn Euro R&D programme.

TBS Engineering, Brockworth

TBS Engineering this year celebrates is 50th anniversary and plays a key role in the local economy, turning over £34m from a workforce of 170.

Every year, its machines produce millions of batteries for customers all over the world.

Out of the 32,000 vehicles on the UK’s roads at any one time, more than 50% of the batteries that power them were made on TBS Engineering machines. 99.9% of the business is exports, to countries including the US, China and Canada, and it is in the midst of a major push in South America thanks to a new £750k contract.

It has recently invested more than £1.5m in new product development, which it says will revolutionise assembly processes, creating huge growth potential.

And the winner is...

Batten & Allen, Cirencester

Batten & Allen was established in 1972 and now has 125 employees on its books. Its core business is precision stepping and plating, and the company is focused on building strong relationships with its customers. By increasing its presence at international exhibitions, the order book is bulging and the firm has had to focus on increasing capacity and efficiency to stay ahead.

Key territories are Germany and the US, and 85% of the company’s sales are exports to markets including Europe and South Africa. Turnover over the past year has rocketed by 30%, much of that down to its overseas customers.


To find out more about the Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2018 and our sponsors, visit emiawards.cotswoldlife.co.uk.

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