Acorn export service scoops global award

ICC World Chambers Federation 2013 Competition for Best International Project

 Business West’s unique web platform – Acorn Interactive, has recently won the final of the ICC World Chambers Federation 2013 Competition for Best International Project.

The finals took place in Doha and were hosted by Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The ICC World Chambers Federation is the only forum open to the global community of over 12,000 Chambers of Commerce. Business West was the only British Chamber of Commerce to be selected as a finalist and to win this prestigious award.

Business West won in recognition of their unique new service Acorn Interactive. Acorn Interactive is a web platform which supports exporters with all the tools and information required to be successful in international trade. This is the first system of its kind and will change the way that exporters work, saving time, money and resource.

Acorn Interactive has been developed to provide a compelling service to companies seeking to export or develop their export activities. It brings together innovative solutions that can assist exporters to produce all their documentation, purchase cargo insurance, engage with online training, access other professionals such as lawyers, freight forwarders, translation service providers and many others, as well as developing their knowledge and skills.

Phil Smith, Managing Director at Business West said: “We are absolutely delighted to win this award for our innovative product which helps exporters grow their business. Having been recognised recently at a national level with our British Chambers of Commerce Excellence in International Trade Award and now at an international level, we can truly demonstrate that Business West is a leading provider of export solutions in the UK.

Business West has been instrumental in developing a range of pioneering international trade services, such as e-cert and its Letter of Credit service and more recently Acorn Interactive. Business West is also set to launch a unique online export training service.

Business West is working with UK Trade & Investment, Barclays, HSBC and British Chambers of Commerce to develop its Acorn product offering to further support exporters with all aspects of international trade. Acorn is being piloted in 6 chambers in the West Midlands area and will soon be available in all regions of the UK.

Phil continued: “This award not only recognises the significant contribution we have made to international trade services but acknowledges the fact that Business West is continually at the forefront of new technologies and consistently looking for innovative ways in which to meet our customers needs.”

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