IT’S A 25th anniversary like no other for a company that has brought Europe’s leading commercial marine exhibition to the region for the past 17 years.
Mercator Media was presented with the International Development award at The News Business Excellence Awards.
Started in 1989, Mercator began publishing the Maritime Journal and has since expanded to seven publications and several events.
The company, which is a business-to-business publisher in the commercial maritime sector, has recently developed its events division to incorporate the East Asian economy.
The business took its successful concept of the Seawork International show to Shanghai and has now set up an office in the region to continue its work there.
CEO Andrew Webster said: ‘It took up to a dozen trips to the country to set up the office.
‘Further opportunities have come from the office already as we have been dealing with development markets.’
Speaking of the company’s secret to their success managing director Leanna Stewart said investment in staff is essential.
She said: ‘We have to make sure that we have the right people doing the right jobs.’
The company employs and works with traders from across the Solent region which have helped them take the accolade at the awards.
Mercator are hoping to run another Shanghai exhibition after a successful event last year and forging strong connections in the country.