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NW appliance maker named Exporter of the Year

Manufacturer Glen Dimplex Home Appliances (GDHA) has been named Exporter of the Year at the prestigious Business Masters Awards in Manchester run by

The company, which manufactures Stoves, Belling and New World cooking appliances at its factory in Merseyside, was awarded the title of North West Exporter at the awards, following the expansion of its export markets. The company recorded an 800 per cent increase in overseas sales in the past three years.

Car manufacturer Jaguar and security barrier specialist ATG were among the competition in contention for the prize.

Chief executive Denver Hewlett said: “We are very proud of our Made in Britain credentials and they have played a huge role in the expansion and growth in our export sales in recent years. The association between British manufacturing and quality is a message we are hearing all the time and so it is fantastic to be recognised for our achievements in selling British products around the world.”

Since repatriating 85 per cent of its manufacturing back to the UK since 2009, GDHA has seen significant expansion into overseas markets including Australia, France, Spain, Belgium, and most recently, Russia.

GDHA also received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2012 in the International Trade category.

Last year’s winners included Betfred founder Fred Done, who took the  North West Ambassador crown and North West industrial heavyweights WFEL  and Oliver Valves.

The Masters awards recognise success in innovation, international trade, manufacturing, social responsibility and leadership, while new business successes are also celebrated in the North West Newcomer award.

The categories are:

North West Ambassador: Greatest contribution to business in the region

North West Newcomer: Best new business initiative.

North West Pride: Most meaningful philanthropic initiative by a business, organisation or leader

North West Innovator: Most creative product, idea or original business thinking

North West Exporter: Recognising outstanding success in international markets

North West Manufacturer: The company leading the way in this critical sector

About the Glen Dimplex Group

Founded in 1973, Glen Dimplex is a leading international group, with annual revenues in excess of two billion euro and over ten thousand employees across four continents.

Glen Dimplex is the world's largest manufacturer of electrical heating, and also holds significant global market positions in domestic appliances, cooling, ventilation, and renewable energy solutions.

Over half a century they have built a solid global business reputation, and their customers have come to trust in their brands, products, and people. Today they are at the vanguard of a low carbon revolution, with an unrivalled range of solutions in space and water heating, cooling, ventilation and heat recovery.

Across the world these innovative low carbon systems enable our customers to reduce CO2 emissions and eliminate cost and with their dynamic portfolio of leading brands and low carbon technologies the Glen Dimplex Group is strategically positioned to meet the market challenges of tomorrow.


About Stoves, the kitchen appliance brand from Glen Dimplex Home Appliances (GDHA)

Founded in 1920 Stoves was formed to change the face of cooking, and for the best part of a century, that’s exactly what it has done.  The brand’s dedication to building high quality, innovative and industry-leading products has inspired over four generations of home cooks and professional chefs alike.  Stoves products are designed to ‘Make a statement’, combining style and innovation to make them the products of choice for image conscious foodies and keen dinner party hosts.  Today, Stoves is one of the UK’s best loved cooking brands, and is proud to be part of the only major cooking appliance manufacturer still producing in the UK, Stoves products are made with pain-staking attention to detail and our factory is purposely split into small teams who work solely on just one product, carefully assembling each and every appliance from the ground up, by hand.