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Buckinghamshire’s local business community gathered together last night (16th June) to celebrate the 2016 Buckinghamshire Business Awards. Hosted by Buckinghamshire Business First, the annual awards honour the entrepreneurial spirit, vision and drive of the local business community and Thomas International was proud to be crowned winners of the International Trader of the Year award, and a finalist in the Apprentice and Young Person Employer award.

In front of a record crowd of guests including Alex Pratt OBE who hosted the evening, Thomas International were victorious despite facing stiff competition. To walk away with this year's International Trader Award, sponsored by Heathrow, is further recognition of Thomas International's rapid expansion over the last 12 months, particularly in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and South Africa. A commitment to innovation has allowed Thomas International to compete internationally, now operating in over 60 countries, with tools available in over 56 languages.

Amir Qureshi, COO at Thomas International said, “We are so very proud and privileged that Heathrow have recognised the amazing transformation that our international business has gone through over the past 12 months. This has been a fantastic example of Team Thomas rising to the challenge of re-engineering our business and seeing the immediate positive impact on growing sales and revenue.”

Martin Reed, CEO said: “We are delighted here at Thomas and put the raft of award success down to having the right balance of people working for our business. All of our potential employees go through a robust recruitment process using Thomas tools to ensure they are a good fit for the business. Our employees continue to use the tools throughout their career to help them and the company understand if they are happy in their roles, where their strengths lay and if there are any areas in need of development. We also use our Engage tool to help us to drive engagement with our people. This is essential to both the success of our business, and the individuals within it.

Thomas International was proud to sponsor the Business Leader of the Year award at this event, presented by Martin Reed. We would like to extend our congratulations to winner Graham Parr of Gartec.  

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Martin Reed

Martin Reed

As CEO, Martin is a hands on business leader who is driven to help Thomas and its clients to thrive. He is a true visionary who has delivered business success through innovation for over 25 years. He enjoys trying out new ideas, projects and business ventures. Martin is an avid golfer and when the opportunity presents itself, you’ll find Martin out water-skiing.