Board of Trade Award

Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Chief Executive of Morningside Pharmaceuticals, receiving a Board of Trade Award, from Secretary of State for the Department for International Trade

Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd  was one of nine in the Midlands to receive a Board of Trade Award, from the Department for International Trade.

At a special ceremony Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Chief Executive of Morningside, received the award from Secretary of State, Dr Liam Fox.

Speaking about why Morningside has been chosen to receive the award, Dr Fox said: “As a leader in the medical field, Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd is a fantastic advocate for international trade. Having exported to over 100 countries worldwide, the company represents the best of British on the global stage.

“I am delighted that my international economic department is presenting Morningside with a Board of Trade Award, paying testament to its continued exporting growth over the last few years.”

The judges were particularly impressed with how Dr Kotecha OBE used “his experience to champion the benefits of International Trade in the Midlands” through his work as a Department for International Trade (DIT) Export Champion.

After receiving the award Dr Kotecha said: “It’s a great honour to receive this award, particularly as it’s about working within the community to deliver prosperity and to champion free trade.

“I am very proud to be one of 28 Export Champions for the Midlands, which involves offering expertise and advice to inspire companies to export and to support existing exporters, who are looking to expand into new markets. In particular, I have been working to promote exporting to countries outside of the European Union, which is essential if the UK is to make a success of Brexit.

“I hope our work will help maximise the potential of the Midlands engine to drive this region’s exports to new heights, as well as to support businesses with exploring successful trade opportunities around the world.”

Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd, which is based in Loughborough, specialises in manufacturing and supplying generic and branded medicines to UK hospitals and pharmacies, as well as essential supplies to global aid agencies.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) works with thousands of businesses, and set up the Board of Trade Awards, to help celebrate those individuals who are showing exceptional innovation, delivering prosperity to their local communities, and championing free trade.

The Board of Trade Awards allow civil servants working for the Government department to recognise businesses that they believe deserve special recognition for their role within their communities.

The Awards are given out on an annual basis at Board of Trade meetings, as they travel around the UK, during domestic visits and missions, and at an annual business reception.

Award recipients are nominated and selected by Civil Servants from the Department for International Trade.

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