Business & Invest | Published on: 10th May 2023
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has applauded Hartlepool’s Hogg Global Logistics for becoming the only North East winner of a prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise – as he urged more local firms to apply for the 2024 awards.
Hogg Global Logistics scooped the 2023 Outstanding Short Term Growth Award in the prestigious programme’s International Trade category, thanks to its huge expansion in sea, air, road and rail freight services following its creation in 2019 with just five members of staff.
From 2019 to 2022, the international freight forwarding firm’s overseas sales have grown by 405% – now making up 94% of all sales – with the majority of its exports destined for South America and the Far East.
Mayor Houchen visited the firm and met Chief Executive Lyndsay Hogg to learn how it has set its sights on operating further afield. In the short-term it aims to expanding into to Manchester but with all the bookings coming back to its Hartlepool office. The firm is even in the very early stages of setting up a branch in Dubai to further develop sales.
The company is also helping to support the next generation in the region, having previously become the 1,000th company to support the Tees Valley Careers initiative, helping raise the ambitions and improve the career prospects of local young people.
Applications for the King’s Award for Enterprise 2024 opened on Saturday to mark the Coronation of His Majesty the King – and Mayor Houchen is calling on more local firms to throw their hat into the ring.
He said: “Hogg Global Logistics has made immense strides in such a short time – a staggering achievement in the face of a global pandemic. It is a prime example of how our businesses are being recognised on the world stage and they should be incredibly proud of this award – doubly so given it was the only company in the North East to be recognised. Its future expansion plans are hugely encouraging and I wish them all the best for the future.
“I hear constantly about other firms right across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool doing fantastic things and punching above their weight to create jobs and boost our economy. It’s vital we get the message out to show the world our companies and supply chains are second-to-none to drive further investment. I’d call on all of our successful businesses to apply for the 2024 awards.”
Lyndsay Hogg said: “We are very proud to receive this award in what we do, we are so excited for all the celebrations to come. To hear we are the only ones in the North East to win this award is mind-blowing! As a female led organisation in a very male dominated industry we are delighted we have achieved this at Hogg Global. As a single mum to two gorgeous boys Joel and Charlie, I have always wanted to encourage them to reach for the stars.
“We will continue to highlight the careers within a sector we are so passionate about and hope it further shines the spotlight on our hometown of Hartlepool and all the fantastic businesses it has to offer. We are so proud to share this news. We have worked so hard since start up to push forward and grow our business in an industry we are so passionate about. Well done team! And thank you to everyone who has supported us on this amazing journey so far.”
The King’s Awards for Enterprise was previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, and the new name reflects His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s by recognising outstanding UK businesses. The Award programme, now in its 57th year, is the most prestigious business award in the country, with successful businesses able to use the esteemed King’s Awards Emblem for the next five years.
For more information visit www.gov.uk/kings-awards-for-enterprise
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