South African-born Richard Swart, UK MD of Berger Group Europe, has just been named among the “Top 100 Manufacturing Leaders” in the UK.
Richard has supported the global export ambitions of hundreds of businesses and is a committed ambassador for his adopted North East.
He was initially hired by German-owned Berger to establish a UK manufacturing base in Durham in 1988 before becoming group chief executive officer, where he reformed and stabilised the business and returned it to good strength. He initiated acquisitions in Turkey and Italy and oversaw the creation of a new Chinese manufacturing base. He established new markets and relationships in Europe, Singapore, China, Saudi Arabia, Czech Republic and facilitated the company’s first trade with Cuba.
Richard is also chairman of international trade with the North East England Chamber of Commerce and was recently awarded the UK South Africa Bilateral Trade Promotion Award by the South African Chamber of Commerce in London.
The Top 100 Manufacturing awards were announced during a drinks reception at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on 1 November 2016.
Richard said: “I’m delighted with the nomination. It means a great deal as it’s voted for by my peers and I’m in very good company. The challenge for UK manufacturing and the country as a whole is immense given the pending Brexit negotiations and it is vital that businesses use whatever limited influence they may have to strive for the best possible outcome, ensuring also that Great Britain remains great, and the United Kingdom remains united."
For the full list visit The Manufacturer’s Website.