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Verstraete: Nomination for “Lion of Export 2009”

Printing company Verstraete has been nominated for the “Leeuw van de export 2009” [Lion of Export 2009]. This prestigious award is bestowed annually by Flanders Investment and Trade, an active agency within the Flemish government which promotes support for international business.

The award recognises companies that have enjoyed significant sustainable growth in exports of their products and/or services in past years. To this end the following criteria are evaluated:

* Growth and proportion of turnover exported
* Export policy and marketing tools employed
* Future prospects in terms of exports
* Financial performance
* Geographic diversification
* Innovative approach
* Growth in employment

Printing company Verstraete has already been conducting a sustainable and profitable export policy for many years. Through our business strategy, together with our 310 motivated employees, we endeavour to respond in an innovative and ethically sound manner to the requisite market opportunities year after year.
Since 2004 our turnover has grown by 47%, the number of people we employ is up by 100 and we have been able to achieve all this while posting an operating profit. We are accordingly proud of the fact that we are among the 6 nominees for the “Leeuw van de export 2009”. The winner will be announced on 9 September 2009.