International sales growth as UK manufacturer scoops accolade
UK chocolate manufacturer Divine has been named among Britain’s 100 fastest-growing SME exporting enterprises.
The company was presented with an honour for the best emerging brand accolade at the 3rd annual Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 awards ceremony in London.
Having been set up to track the performance of the UK’s small and medium-sized firms, the export league table studies the international sales of the leading emerging businesses.
Collectively, the companies increased global sales over their latest two years by between 28% and 280% a year, to a total of £677m. Staff numbers rose by 3,000 over the same period to more than 8,000.
Dr Liam Fox, Conservative spokesperson on International Trade, welcomed guests and described SME Export Track 100 companies as trailblazers that would be at the forefront of efforts to create a truly international Britain.
The export award was presented by Iain Dey, business editor, to Jamie Hartzell, who is the chairman of Divine Chocolate.
Jamie said: “Its really great that a business that is not only trying to deliver financial profits, but is also trying to deliver on a social mission to create a more just and fair trading system can compete against other businesses and win a prize like this.”
Divine Chocolate bars have gained popularity across Northern Europe, the US and Canada, and the company is reportedly looking to future growth in Asia and the Middle East, while continuing to put farmers at the heart of everything the company does with its sustainability policies.