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Accessories brand Research Unit triumphs at Exporter of the Year awards.

Accessories brand Research Unit triumphs at Exporter of the Year awards.

Research Unit, a firm which manufactures designer handbags, and All Women Recycling, which makes gifts and gadgets from used plastic, were the big winners at last night’s Exporter of the Year competition.

The competition, which is in its 28th year, is organised by the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry and sponsored by the Export Credit Insurance Corporation.

For the first time in the history of the competition one firm, Research Unit, won four awards while All Women Recycling won three.
Research Unit was the overall winner of the ECIC/Cape Chamber award as well as winners of the Transnet Port Terminals award for Manufacturing, the Small Exporter category and the Innovation award.

All Women Recycling won the Finex SA award for the best non-engineering exporter, the Cape Chamber award for Design, and the Nedbank award for Transformation. Folio Online, a translation service, won the Gerald Wolman award for excellence in doing business in Africa.

The winners were announced at a gala dinner at the Westin Hotel, Cape Town. Certificates were also presented to three outstanding businesswomen from the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge, Jackie McNaughton, Dr Birgit Andrag of By den Weg and Jill Byssche.

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