HSBC UK sponsored the International Business of the Year category at the 2019 Sussex Business Awards. Andrew Steer, Head of Business Banking for Sussex & Surrey, states why the awards are so important to business in the South East

The applications have been reviewed, the judging completed, the finalists shortlisted and the winner announced at the recent Awards ceremony at The Grand Brighton. Huge congratulations to all the finalists, MRL Consulting Group, Oban International, PVL (UK) and of course, to the International Business of the Year winner, Rayner.

The Sussex Business Awards, now in their 31st year, are all about celebrating local business, large and small, and provide a great opportunity for companies to boost their profile, grow their network of contacts and help to put Sussex on the map as one of the best places to do business in the South East.

Andrew Steer, Head of Business Banking Sussex & Surrey for HSBC UK, explains why the bank, which sponsored the International Business of the Year Award for the sixth consecutive year, is involved in the event.

“HSBC UK is proud to continue to support local businesses and communities by connecting them to opportunities and helping them thrive locally, nationally and internationally,” he said. 

“The bank serves customers worldwide, from 4000 offices in 70 countries and territories across the globe, and as one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations with access to most of the world’s trade corridors, is perfectly placed to help businesses in Sussex access these opportunities. 

“Sponsoring the Sussex Business Awards’ International Business of the Year is another fantastic opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to working with local businesses to help them realise their hopes, dreams and ambitions for international growth.”

HSBC UK serves businesses ranging from SMEs, focusing primarily on their domestic and international markets, through to large corporates operating globally in different territories. Whether it is working capital, term loans, trade finance or payments and cash management solutions, HSBC UK can provide the tools and expertise businesses need to thrive as well as access to a geographical network covering nearly all of global trade and capital flows.

Explaining why the bank continues to sponsor this international category Andrew said: “I am passionate about supporting SME businesses and believe that they play a vital role in not only their own local economy and communities, but also the overall success of the UK economy. 

“The bank has also recently launched its £200m SME Lending Fund in Sussex for 2019/20 giving business the knowledge that HSBC UK are very much looking forward to helping existing and new customers in Sussex to grow, create jobs and fulfil their ambitions, whether that be locally, nationally or internationally. 

“Thank you to all those businesses that entered the category, well done to those that were shortlisted as finalists and of course, congratulations to the winner, Rayner!”

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