Chamber International Sponsors Prestigious National Export Award

9 May 2017


A prestigious international trade award, open to scores of students throughout the UK, is being sponsored by overseas trade specialist, Chamber International.

The Mike Strawson Award – presented to the student with the highest mark in the Institute of Export & International Trade’s (IoE &IT) Global Trading Module of the Level Five Diploma In International Trade – is being offered for the first time at the Institute’s Graduation and Prize Giving at Mansion House, London, on May 24.

Chamber International has agreed to sponsor the award, an engraved trophy, in a tribute to Mike Strawson (pictured right), 76, its former lead trainer and a senior export adviser who retired earlier this year after 15 years supporting Yorkshire businesses as part of his wider work nationwide.

Chamber International director, Tim Bailey, says: “We have jumped at the opportunity to sponsor this prestigious award which recognises the importance of exporting to UK businesses and the national economy and salutes Mike Strawson’s considerable achievements attained in more than 50 years as an exporter.

“Any student who has taken this exam – regardless of whether or not they win this award - would do well do aspire to a similar export career as Mike Strawson whose passion and commitment to overseas trade never diminished after more than half a century in exporting.”

Mike Strawson, who was involved in exporting from the age of 17, received the IoE &IT Lifetime Achievement award in 2013 for his outstanding contribution to export sales and also in teaching international trade skills to others. At the time he was one of only three people to receive the award. He also received a prestigious Fellowship from the Institute, which he joined as a student in 1962. 

Chamber International and all its full time staff are members of the Institute of Export & International Trade and the two organisations have a close working relationship.

Chamber International helps hundreds of new and experienced exporters with a wide range of specialist services to make exporting easier and more cost effective each year and is exclusively partnered with London headquartered global testing organisation, Intertek, to assist with a wide range of issues including product conformity.


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