THE KING OF GUITARS: MINISTER OF STATE PRAISES IBC-MUSIC’S KING’S AWARD FOR ENTERPRISE
Yesterday, (Thursday, 4 May) Minister of State for Northern Ireland, Steve Baker, flew into Inspire Business Park, Dundonald to congratulate Iain Wilson, Chief Executive of IBC- Music on winning the prestigious Kings Award for Enterprise
Dundonald based company IBC-Music, is honoured and excited to have won the very first King’s Award for Enterprise. IBC is one of 148 organisations nationally to be recognised with the prestigious King’s Award and managing director, Iain Wilson, has been cordially invited to attend the awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace next month.
Yesterday, (Thursday, 4 May) Minister of State for Northern Ireland, Steve Baker, visited Iain Wilson at Inspire Business Park, to congratulate him on winning one of the UK’s most prestigious business awards. Minister Baker said:
“The King’s Award is a fantastic achievement for Iain and IBC Music, and highlights the far-reaching impact of Northern Ireland’s small businesses.”
“The UK Government is committed to supporting local businesses to unleash their full potential, supporting both investment into the area and international trade.”
IBC who specialise in helping international musical instrument brands find manufacturing and distribution partners across the world, has won this Award for strong growth in the International Trade category.
Set up in 2019, IBC has been able to take advantage of changes in worldwide markets, offering effective sourcing and omni-channel routes to market for many of its clients. Major customers in the USA, Canada and Germany have allowed IBC to grow its business to over £3.5 million turnover in 3 years.
Iain Wilson, IBC’s Managing Director stated:
“This Award is a true honour and I am delighted that The Minister of State took time out of his busy schedule to congratulate me and learn more about the company. He was genuinely impressed that a small team from Northern Ireland can offer a world-renowned service and build up such an international client base. I also shared with him our plans for expansion which will undoubtedly help to boost the UK economy.”
The King’s Awards for Enterprise was previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, and the new name reflects His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s by recognising outstanding UK businesses. The Award programme, now in its 57th year, is one of the most prestigious business award in the country, with successful businesses able to use the esteemed King’s Awards Emblem for the next five years.
IBC-MUSIC is a Dundonald based company, specialising in the manufacture of musical instruments for brands across the world. We are a catalyst in matching brands with the correct manufacturing and distribution partners in Europe, USA and ASIA.
Iain Wilson, the Managing Director has 30 years’ experience in musical instruments, working locally for companies like Lowden Guitars, G7th capos and internationally, with Fishman, Breedlove, Larrivee and many other brands. Iain’s combined experience in international sales consultancy and sourcing, puts IBC at the forefront of the music industry.
IBC’s associate partner in the USA has nearly 50 years’ experience in sourcing. His vast knowledge and contacts has enabled us to grow very quickly in the USA and Canada, while Iain has been very effective in growing sales in the UK, Europe and elsewhere.
Currently 95% of our business is outside the UK, with key customers in the USA, Canada, Germany, Italy and Netherlands.
Recently IBC helped one of its Canadian customers win the prestigious MMR Award for Acoustic Guitar of the year.
Riversong Guitars from Canada, captured the prestige dealer’s choice award in the USA for their River Pacific P2P Acoustic Guitar, beating leading International guitar brands such as Martin, Taylor and Yamaha. IBC was the sourcing agent for this guitar.