David Luke progresses in HSBC Global Connections competition
UK supplier of Eco school uniform, scoutwear and guidewear shortlisted as a regional finalist alongside names such as Boohoo, The Cotswold Company and Graze.
By Laura Turner
10 April 2014
Manchester school uniform supplier David Luke is among the 45 UK business leaders to be named a regional finalist in the HSBC Global Connections 2014 competition.
The supplier, who is one of nine companies selected within the North of England and Scotland, has been recognised for its innovative Eco Uniform and the environmental benefits of its production made using post-consumer waste plastic bottles. With international schools increasingly looking to emulate UK school uniform trends, interest in David Luke’s Eco fabric has also steadily grown internationally, presenting opportunities to capitalise in overseas markets and develop the Eco fabric range beyond blazers to include everyday schoolwear.
Commenting on the Northern regional finalists, David Beaty, HSBC’s regional director of commercial banking for the North, says, “The finalists represent a blend of businesses in terms of size, longevity and markets served – and, by pure coincidence, a good geographic spread across Scotland and the North of England.
“Each business appears to have come through the recession even stronger than it went in, thanks to the management’s efforts to differentiate it and seek new opportunities. And across all the entrants, there was a real sense of increasing confidence and excitement about future growth.”
Alison McGregor, regional director, corporate banking for the North, who was struck by the range of businesses shortlisted in the mid-market bracket (up to £100m turnover), adds, “The common theme among most of the entrants was a focus on global trade as a basis for growth.”
The next stage of the competition will see David Luke, along with the 44 other regional finalists, meet other business leaders at HSBC’s International Exchange, where they will have the chance to network as well as gain new contacts and business insight. The regional finals in June will see a panel of judges reduce the list down to national finalists, before the final leg of the competition where the 2014 winners will be decided.
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