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Twenty-nine companies from across the North West are set to battle it out at Insider's second annual International Trade Awards.

We can reveal the shortlist today (8 October 2012) of the contenders aiming for glory at the ceremony which celebrates the success of companies involved with overseas trade and those international businesses investing in the North West.

The award categories cover sectors such as media and creative, chemicals and pharmaceuticals and person/team of the year.

It comes as overseas trade is now one of the fastest growing areas of focus for businesses looking at new markets and growth opportunities.

Among last year's winners were Vimto manufacturer Nichols, which took the consumer category, and marketing agency BDB, named top media company.

The 2012 event takes place at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester on 6 December 2012.

The shortlisted companies are:

Chemicals and pharmaceuticals
ChargePoint Technology

Consumer and Leisure
Grace Cole
Graham & Brown
MPM Products
Rayburn Trading

Manufacturing and Engineering
ACDC Lighting
Cygnet Group
Oliver Valves
Total Post

Media and Creative
Ditto Music
IAS B2B Marketing
Liverpool Sound City

New Exporter

Brock Carmichael Architects
Glen Dimplex Home Appliances

Brit European
NES Global Talent
Worldwide Recruitment Solutions

Technology Provider
EA Technology

International Inward Investment
Aegis Global (India) – Opening and expansion of call centre in Manchester
Hammerkit (Finland) – Expansion of Liverpool operation
Jaguar Land Rover (Tata, India) – Recruitment drive at Halewood and Cheshire logistics centre

Person or Team of the Year
ACDC Lighting
Matthew Kimpton-Smith, Cygnet Group
Tracy Mort, Grace Cole

To find out more about the event, including booking details, please contact and click through to read full coverage of last year's event.

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