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The British Exporters Association (Bexa) Young Exporter of the Year has been recognised at the body’s spring reception recently. The award was presented to Jason Evans, a sales manager with Corus by the Rt Hon Sir Richard Needham, a former UK trade minister, who is president of Bexa.

“In an economic environment where the value of exports appears to have been forgotten, we wanted to do something to redress the balance,” says Sue Walton, chairman of Bexa. “Through Bexa’s new “Young Exporter of the Year Award ‘, we hope to raise the profile of the exporter and, at the same time, recognise promising young men and women wishing to develop a career in exporting.”

Evans, who is based in Corby, Northamptonshire, and is responsible for sales and market development for Europe and Africa, impressed the judges by the resolve and imaginative approach he showed to commercial and technical issues. His success secured Corus Tubes Energy Business pipe mill in Hartlepool with work on double shift loading for 20 weeks.

The two runners-up are Helen Twite and Tania Sacco, both from Rolls-Royce, who both made significant contributions to major, successful, sales campaigns.

The competition will be an annual event for young people under 30. It will highlight the considerable talent that exists in this vital commercial sector – which directly benefits the UK economy and British jobs as well contributing to international economic development.

Among Bexa’s guests at the ceremony were Ian Pearson MP, newly-appointed trade minister and Barry Gardiner MP, under-secretary of state for competitiveness. Bexa’s chief guest was Patrick Crawford, chief executive of the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD).

Bexa, established in 1940, is an independent UK trade association that brings together UK manufacturers and international traders and those who assist them in the banking and credit insurance sectors.