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WEST MIDLANDS FREIGHT FORWARDER KMB SHIPPING GROUP WINS QUEEN’S AWARD FOR ENTERPRISE
A West Midlands-based company, and Black Country Chamber member, has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Excellence in International Trade.
KMB Shipping Group is one of only 205 organisations nationally to be recognised with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
The company has been recognised for excellence in international trade, with a 708% increase in international sales over the six-year qualifying period.
KMB Shipping Group was established in 1987 in Oldbury, moving to Tipton in 1992. Originally comprising of two companies, Daily Irish Services and KMB Intermodal, with less than 8 employees in total, the two were merged in 2009 to create the KMB Shipping Group.
Now with almost twice as many employees, the company has expanded their services over the years from freight forwarding to providing total transport solutions, including worldwide road, sea and air freight options, export documentation and customs clearances, and comprehensive cargo insurance.
“We are absolutely delighted to be recognised with such a prestigious award. It’s a huge honour, and testament to all the hard work our team puts in on a daily basis. It’s been an exceptionally tough year for us all, but this achievement makes it all the more rewarding, it’s just the motivation we need to go even further to help our customers trade internationally,” said KMB Director Paul Hull.
Now in its 55th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years.
BLACK COUNTRY SKIN CARE PRODUCT HITS THE GRAMMYS
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards kicked off last month in Los Angeles to recognise the best recordings, compositions, and musical artists of the past year.
And as Distinctive Assets, the L.A.-based entertainment marketing company credited with catapulting the promotional craze of celebrity swag into a pop culture phenomenon assembled the one and only official Grammy Gift Bag filled with must-have items for 2021, they chose to include one beauty product from Black Country-based G-Labs.
Celebs got the chance to snag G-Labs' Cicatrices à la Crème for scar repair, formulated by Lea C. Lawrence, a pioneering cosmetologist, formulator, trainer, advanced aesthetician and wellbeing innovator based in Wolverhampton.
Owner and CEO of G-Labs (UK) Limited, Lea Lawrence, said the company’s international success, and its export to the US for the Grammy Awards, was down to the help she has received from the Department of International Trade team based at the Black Country Chamber of Commerce.
“The Grammy Awards was the second major export to the US,” said Lea, “A market we now aim to grow into.”
International Trade Adviser, Gerald La Touche, who helped them on their export journey said, “It has been hard work and a pleasure working with Lea Lawrence, and G-Labs to internationalise the company.
“The steadfastness, persistence, determination and vision of the CEO to go big initially, is totally responsible for G-Labs grand entrance into international trade and getting into this year’s Grammy’s gift bag!”
To talk to an International Trade Adviser about how they can help your business to expand internationally call 0330 024 0820