Jaguar Land Rover scooped the award for Excellence in Exporting British Luxury at the 16th annual Walpole British Luxury Awards, hosted by award-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones (pictured), last night.
The Excellence in Exporting British Luxury award is
presented every year by Walpole to the company judged to have been most remarkable in distributing
British luxury goods and services overseas.
Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover UK,
said: “Our thanks to Walpole for this fantastic award and recognition for the
continued success of our brands in the global luxury car market. We’re
incredibly proud of Jaguar Land Rover’s distinctive heritage and position as
the premier British automotive manufacturer. We not only deliver world class
luxury vehicles to over 150 markets across the globe but also support over
40,000 families through employment.”
The award was collected on behalf of the company by Ken
McConomy, Head of UK PR (pictured).
Walpole, a not-for-profit organisation which promotes British
luxury brands, has been holding the awards since 2001, bringing together CEOs
and creatives to celebrate what it is that makes British luxury the world
leader it is today.
Helen Brocklebank, Walpole CEO, said: “It’s never been more
important to recognise the towering contribution British luxury makes to the
UK. The brands and individuals we celebrate tonight add to the cultural and
economic richness of the British Isles through regional job creation; the
simultaneous preservation of, and innovation in, making and manufacturing
skills; a strong focus on export and, of course, their overriding creativity,
artistry and passion.”
Winners were selected by an expert panel of judges from the
luxury industry led by Michael Ward, MD of Harrods and Walpole’s Chairman;
Gillian de Bono, Editor of FT How to Spend It; Hannah Rothschild, Chair of The
National Gallery’s Board of Trustees; Stefan Sielaff, Design Director at
Bentley; Marcus Wareing, Chef Patron of two-Michelin starred Marcus; Henrietta
Jowitt, Deputy Director General, CBI; and Tim Delaney, Chairman of Leagas Delaney.