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Woodchester export firm tastes success with Queen’s Award


Christie International, based in Woodchester, were presented with the prestigious Queen’s Award for International Trade today, Friday, by Edward Gillespie, the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.

Managing Director Andrew Christie and his wife Shirleen proudly received the Award on behalf of the Christie International team.

“Obviously, I am delighted that the huge amount of work done by our team at Christie International has been recognised in such a way, especially given the challenges we have all faced over the past few years,” said Mr Christie.

“The Queen’s Award is recognised worldwide, and we are all immensely proud to receive such an honour.”

Christie Queens Award 1 | Woodchester export firm tastes success with Queen’s Award
Andrew and Shirleen Christie (left) with Lord Lieutenant Edward Gillespie and Deputy Lieutenant Dee Russell-Thomas and members of the Christie team Mark Connell-SmithPhil Walker, Paul Sutton and Dean Harris.

The business began in 2002 with the aim of helping small and medium sized UK food manufacturers to export their products into overseas markets. Exporting can be a daunting prospect without a helping hand to guide through the maze of complexity and administrative bewilderment, so Christie international set out to simplify that lengthy process.

Having battled with global financial meltdowns, endured significant periods of economic austerity, tackled fluctuations in currency exchange rates and survived the onslaught of Covid and Brexit, the Company’s success has been remarkable. In the 20 years that have passed since those early days, it has built long standing partnerships with international retailers and import partners in more than 30 countries worldwide.

Christie Queens Award 3 | Woodchester export firm tastes success with Queen’s Award

The Company’s most sizeable markets now include the USA, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Turkey, Canada, Liberia and the Caribbean.

It is particularly poignant that this Award was achieved in the final year of Queen Elizabeth’s illustrious reign, having been first officially announced on her 96th birthday on April 21st.

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