A SPECIALIST export company, which started life in a converted chicken shed, has been granted the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for it international trade.
Needham Market-based International Export Supplies, which trades as Interex and Interex Motorsport, employs 13 people and specialises in exporting parts for cars, trucks, buses and public service vehicles.
“We are thrilled to receive the Queen’s Award for International Trade,” said founder and managing director David Dodd. “It is the most coveted UK business award and is testament to the hard work of the dedicated staff at Interex.”
The firm prides itself in supplying UK sourced parts and equipment. During its 14 years, as well as exporting vehicle parts, it has turned its hand to dealing with more unusual requests, including sending cats eyes to Mauritius, muesli to Guatemala, ceremonial swords to Barbados and model aeroplanes to Kuala Lumpur.
Interex Motorsport, meanwhile, has established itself as one of the UK’s leading exporters of specialised motorsport components and equipment, supplying race and rally teams, constructors and specialist tuning shops across the world.
The company has seen export sales increase by 80 per cent over the past three years – its main established markets are in the Far East, the Caribbean, and Europe, while developing markets include Russia and South Korea.
Interex was founded in Berkshire in 1997 but has been trading from the Lion Barn Industrial Estate, in Needham Market, since 2000, a move Mr Dodd said was ‘instrumental’ to its success.
“It proved to be the ideal place for our business to flourish and expand,” said Mr Dodd.
A total of 156 Queen’s Awards have been announced this year. Winners can use the Queen’s Award emblem for advertising, marketing and packaging for five years as a symbol of their quality and success.