Top honour for export veteran

15 May 2013

He’s been in the export business for more than half a century. He’s just received a major award for his efforts. And he works for us.

Our lead trainer Mike Strawson has received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Institute of Export for his outstanding contribution to export sales and also in teaching international trade skills to others. He was one of only three people to receive the honour.

Mike, who’s 71 and has been involved in exporting since he was 17, has also received a prestigious Fellowship from the Institute he first joined as a student in 1962. The organisation has just 24 Fellows.

“It’s a source of great pride because it’s an award given to me by my peers – the highest honour anyone can give,” said Mike. “I’ve spent a lifetime doing something I thoroughly enjoy. And I’ve had a lot of pleasure in travelling and learning about different cultures, trying different foods and making many friends around the world.”

Mike’s career has involved working with top firms such as Croda Chemicals, Triang Toys, the Bunzl Group and Novatech Adhesives. Tim Bailey, director, Chamber International said “It’s a privilege to work alongside Mike, he’s passionate about international trade and is without doubt the top export trainer in the country. The award is well deserved.”