The SME Export Track 100 league table ranks the UK’s small and medium-sized (SME) companies with the fastest-growing international sales.
The companies increased their international sales over their latest two years by between 28% and 280% a year to a total of £677m. Staff numbers rose by 3,000 over the same period to more than 8,000.
Dr Liam Fox, Conservative spokesperson on International Trade, welcomed guests and described SME Export Track 100 companies as trailblazers that would be at the forefront of efforts to create a truly international Britain.
The SME Export Track 100 emerging brand award, sponsored by The Sunday Times, was presented by Iain Dey, business editor, to Jamie Hartzell, who is the chairman of Divine Chocolate.
Jamie said 'Its really great that a business that is not only trying to deliver financial profits, but is also trying to deliver on a social mission to create a more just and fair trading system can compete against other businesses and win a prize like this.'
Divine Chocolate bars are popular in Northern Europe, the US and Canada, and looking to future growth in Asia and the Middle East while continuing to put farmers at the heart of everything the company does.