HLM Architects Limited, Cannon Hall Farm Limited, Yorkshire Wildlife Park Limited and Martek Marine Limited have been crowned the South Yorkshire Area winners of HSBC’s Global Connections initiative.
The companies picked up their award at a prestigious ceremony held at Sheffield’s Whitley Hall Hotel.
The companies will now go on to compete in the North Regional Final, with two winners from the Regional Final competing for the National titles.
HSBC’s South Yorkshire Area Commercial Director, Mick Knowles hosted the event and last year’s Regional Finalist, Matthew Gavins of Evolution Power Tools Limited, handed out the awards at the evening, which saw speeches from Robert Nicholson of Cannon Hall Farm, Cheryl Williams from Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Stephen Lapthorne from Martek Marine.
In addition to the winners, three companies – HotHouse Partnerships, Gala Tent and Fast Lad Performance – were also commended.
Now in its fourth year, Global Connections recognises businesses which are achieving excellence in three categories – innovation, international trade and mid-market growth.
The competition is founded on the belief that expansion and success for UK businesses is likely to come to those that venture beyond their home territories and take their products and services into the growth markets of the future.
Those companies shortlisted can gain access to lending facilities up to £6m, linked to a financial reward of up to £120,000 (doubled for the National winners), and the opportunity to take part in an International Exchange – a series of seminars, visits and networking.
These exchanges take place in cities around the world selected as growth markets of the coming decades.
Previous destinations have included New York, Singapore, Shanghai and Dubai. Business owners leave with a fresh perspective of international markets and a revitalised vision for their business.
HSBC South Yorkshire area commercial director Mick Knowles said:
“The competition from the South Yorkshire region has been intense this year and that is why we decided to have four winners and three commendations.
“This region boasts some fantastic businesses leading the world in their chosen fields and I am confident that we could have an overall UK winner from the three companies going forward.”