DMM has won the Welsh Exporter of the Year category in this year's Daily Post Achievement Wales Awards. DMM's Chairman, Richard Cuthbertson, and Managing Director, Paul Simkiss, were at the awards ceremony and gala dinner, held at Bangor University, to receive the accolade.
Nominees for the prize-giving included some of Wales' top businesses. More than 400 business people and guests attended the event and on the night DMM was up against stiff competition narrowed down to a short-list of three nominees in its category. The judging criteria for the Welsh Exporter of the Year Award included good financial performance, sustained increases in export activity relative to the size of the business and a beneficial impact on the local economy.
Paul Simkiss, commented: "We're really pleased to have our hard work recognised by this award. This year DMM has grown our exports by around 15%, despite the current financial gloom, with a particular focus on North America, Germany and Australia. This growth in existing markets is largely down to our innovative industrial safety and climbing products."
He added: "On a global scale we have a small share of many markets and currently sell to 42 countries. We have a strong focus on export growth because there is still so much potential and this will help secure the future of our north Wales workforce, currently at 150 employees. It's bringing money into Wales and is most definitely welcomed by our local suppliers."
The Achievement Wales Business Awards are open to firms of all sizes and across all sectors in north and mid Wales with ten categories in all. The Daily Post Awards, with the Welsh Government and HSBC as the main sponsors, sets out to find the most outstanding and high-achieving companies and business people in the region.
Speaking to the Daily Post, Wales’ Business Minister Edwina Hart, said: "Businesses of all sizes have a key role to play in the economic recovery in Wales and I am pleased to see companies in north Wales are embracing innovation and demonstrating a determination to succeed."