Oxley Group was the proud winner of the Exporter of the Year award at the recent CN Group Business Awards.

The ‘Exporter of the Year’ category is aimed at companies that have developed new markets. The judges were looking for entrants who could demonstrate significant export sales in relation to their size and success in developing new overseas markets to sustain business growth.

Export sales accounted for 76% of Oxley Group’s turnover in 2014. International development began in the 1970s with the establishment of a US office & manufacturing facility. Over the last 4 decades, the team have established partnerships and customer relationships throughout many parts of the world, leading to success in winning large scale contracts with some of the world’s biggest aerospace and defence companies, including Saab in Sweden, Boeing, Gulfstream, Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin in the US, General Dynamics in Spain and the Australian Navy. In 2013 Oxley Developments did business in 34 different countries, covering 5 continents.

The CN Business Awards celebrate the success and enterprise of Cumbrian businesses. The winners were selected by a panel of independent judges. Marie Whitehead, director of CN Events, who chaired the judging panel, said: "The number and calibre of entries across all categories this year showcase the fantastic business offer we have in this fabulous county. We were spoilt for choice and are delighted with our winners."

Commenting on the win, Oxley Group CEO Martin Blakstad said, "Winning this award is a tremendous honour, over recent years the team has worked tirelessly to develop new business with customers both in the UK and overseas and that is reflected by the high levels of demand we have for Oxley LED technology and the strong relationships we have built with some of the world’s biggest defence and aerospace companies."