Kitchen supplies firm delighted to sponsor Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards

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An award-winning firm is delighted to be supporting this year’s Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards.

Family-run firm Andrew James is a Seaham-based kitchen supplies business, set up by cousins Andrew Tomlinson and James Buckle.

As last year’s winners, Andrew James is delighted to be sponsoring the Exporter of the Year Award, and we can’t wait to find out which local businesses are in the running this year

Andrew Tomlinson, director of Andrew James

The company scooped the Exporter of the Year award before being named overall Business of the Year in last year’s Portfolio ceremony at the Stadium of Light.

Now the firm is back as a sponsor and bosses told of their pride at being involved in the search for this year’s winners.

Mr Tomlinson said: “As last year’s winners, Andrew James is delighted to be sponsoring the Exporter of the Year Award, and we can’t wait to find out which local businesses are in the running this year.

“As a company we’re still heavily focused on growing our customer base abroad and we’ve seen a significant growth in our French and German markets in the last year.

“We’re proud to remain based on Wearside despite being a globally trading retailer of kitchen and household items, and we’re excited for our move to new, larger premises in Seaham later this year.

“Sponsoring the Exporter of the Year Award is a great chance to build on last year’s win and to learn about what this year’s contenders are doing that makes them stand out.”