Trade and Investment Minister, Lord Livingston, said: “There is no doubt that Britain has the creativity and innovation it needs to compete on the world stage and this competition demonstrates the quality of the UK’s small businesses which are driving our economy forward. I congratulate the winning companies on their success and look forward to seeing them realise their export potential.” The winning companies will receive an Institute of Export training course and one year’s Business Membership worth over £400, a return flight including all charges to any easyJet destination, an Export Communications Review from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) worth £250, a one year subscription to Croner-i International Trade export legislation guide worth £1000 – and £2,000 worth of business planning support from an expert accountant from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Lesley added: “The vision, talent and potential of the winners shone through and, with support from the aforementioned companies and the IOE – whose commitment is to embed professionalism into international trade – we wish the winners every success as they harness the wealth of opportunities in exporting and international trade.” Fellow judges were Nicola Bridgett, Senior International Trade Advisor for UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), Ali Gayward, UK Commercial Manager for easyJet and Paul Lewis, marketing director of Moo.com.
How the MINT Countries Ring in the New Year The term MINT (also formerly known as MIKT or MIST) refers to the economies of Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Turkey. As 2014 approaches, the Institute of Export looks at how the MINT markets will celebrate New Year. Mexico On New Year’s Eve Mexicans enjoy a late-night dinner with their families, the traditional meal being turkey and mole (a chilli-based sauce). As the clock chimes midnight, they will eat a grape with each of the twelve chimes while making a wish with each one. Homes are decorated in in colours that represent their hopes for improvements in the upcoming year: red for lifestyle and love, yellow for employment, green for finances and white for health. Another tradition is to make a list of all the bad or unhappy events over the past 12 months; before midnight, this list is thrown into a fire, symbolizing the removal of negative energy before the start of the coming year. Indonesia Hotels, discos and major restaurants in Indonesia offer special meals, entertainment and dancing as Indonesians celebrate New Year’s Eve with revelry throughout urban areas, partying with their families, siblings, and friends. Trumpets and fireworks are viewed as important elements of the evening and many people take part in a city convoy of cars and motorcycles.
Nigeria Here many people observe New Year’s Eve by going to Church, while others head to nightclubs, and parties organised by individuals, communities and even the Lagos State government, which runs Africa’s biggest New Year’s event, the Lagos Countdown.