Awards shortlisting for Gala company

ERIBÉ Knitwear, based in Galashiels, has been nominated for two BQ (Business Quarterly) Awards.

The local business is in the running for the Scottish Export Team of the Year and Most Entrepreneurial Exporter of the Year awards.

The ceremony will be held at the Glasgow Science Centre on Wednesday, May 28.

“I am thrilled to be nominated for these two awards,” said Rosemary ERIBÉ, founder and managing director of the company.

“This is recognition for ERIBÉ’s innovative and growing team, and for their continuous improvement and hard work.”

With an avid following around the world, the compnay’s collections are available in 200-plus top stores in 16 countries.

The company is world-renowned for putting a colourful twist on traditional Scottish knitwear.

Recent export successes include staff visiting Seoul, South Korea on a Great Weeks mission trip organised by government body UK Trade and Investment.

There they had a positive response from potential wholesale customers and, combined with some research, has quickly resulted in lucrative new accounts.

The company has also recently appointed a new agent in Denmark, who has quickly secured ERIBÉ representation in Ilium, a top department store in Copenhagen for autumn/winter 2014.

ERIBÉ also knits for prestigious fashion designers and has recently been approached by one of the top Italian fashion house to produce a collection for them.

Rosemary said: “Our customers continue to enjoy our Scottish-inspired colour and pattern, despite the continued trend of wearing only black.”

To support the growing export side of the business, ERIBÉ recently expanded into a second production unit in Galashiels and created a permanent showroom in their design studio.

The firm has also invested in two German industrial knitting machines to support their current suppliers.

Last year ERIBÉ Knitwear was a nominee for the prestigious UK Fashion and Textile Awards, in the Exporter of the Year category.