Brandauer Scoops HSBC Global Connections Award In Midlands
1st March 2013 Paul Andrews
Family business recognised for innovation and forward thinking
Birmingham-based family business and precision presswork and stamping company Brandauer has been announced as a winner of HSBC’s Midlands Regional Global Connections initiative to find the UK’s most innovative and forward-thinking companies. The company, along with I Holland from Nottingham, was selected from six regional finalists and will be awarded up to £6 million in lending, plus a financial reward of up to £120,000 (2% of its borrowing paid back).
The winners of the Global Connections initiative were announced at an awards dinner at Birmingham’s National Motorcycle Museum. This follows their return from an International Exchange visit to Dubai, which is considered one of the world’s most dynamic markets for business growth opportunities.
Brandauer’s Sales and Marketing Director Rowan Crozier accepted the award from ITV News presenter Katie Derham on behalf of the company after a day of presenting to the Global Connections’ panel of judges.
Over 1,500 companies in the UK entered the Global Connections initiative, 400 of which were based in the Midlands. These two Midlands Regional Winners will now go on to compete in the national Global Connections Final against eight other companies from around the UK in June. The overall winner of Global Connections will receive a financial reward of up to £240,000.
Brandauer is a world-class manufacturer of precision stamped components to exacting requirements, exporting 75% of what it manufactures to China, India, USA and the Middle East. Brandauer supplies into diverse markets including electronics, telecoms, medical, automotive, renewables and mil-aero. With a history built on precision, Brandauer is a specialist in the development and manufacture of innovative component solutions in difficult materials and the company recently celebrated its 150 year anniversary.
Roy Harris, HSBC’s Midlands Regional Commercial Director, said: “The day leaves you feeling proud of business in the Midlands. They’re all great businesses with some great stories to tell and choosing two winners was an extremely challenging task. I Holland and Brandauer were selected for the thought leadership they show in their sector, their constant innovation to stay ahead and the real passion they have for their business."
“This evening was a great opportunity to celebrate business and entrepreneurial talent in the Midlands. The winners and finalists demonstrated the opportunities that lie beyond domestic markets and are making the most of them.”
Rowan Crozier, Sales and Marketing Director at Brandauer, said: “I am surprised and very proud. Winning this award is down to the hard work of the entire Brandauer team. We’re constantly punching above our weight and there were some real heavyweights around us last night, all of them worthy contestants. For us to win this on the back of our 150th anniversary really is the icing on the cake and it shows that British manufacturing can compete at a global level. We must never underestimate that.”