Special award for global trade star

David Crackett, vice-chair, Nigel Tomlinson and David Thomas, chair of the Council of British Chambers in Europe.
David Crackett, vice-chair, Nigel Tomlinson and David Thomas, chair of the Council of British Chambers in Europe.
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A former Sheffield Chamber of Commerce chief has become the first British recipient of an international business award for excellence after nearly 35 years of boosting UK trade around the world.

Nigel Tomlinson was honoured by the Council of British Chambers in Europe as ‘a special personality from the chamber network’ in recognition of a special contribution to the development of the chamber movement and British trade interests.

He received the Howard Rosen Special Award for Excellence at a ceremony in London attended by Lord Bilimoria.

After stepping down as Sheffield Chamber chief in 2010, he formed Universal Projects headquarterd in Doncaster which runs consultancy and management training to organisations including the European Union, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and the World Bank, as well as the Saudi royal family and Bin Laden Construction.

He has also launched several training and development academies.

He said: “This award was completely unexpected and I am deeply honoured. The fact that my efforts have been recognised on an international stage yet again is very gratifying.

“British Chambers from Dublin to Moscow and Helsinki to Madrid were a part of this and I am proud to have been able to assist them at a crucial time for the future development and role of chambers.

“When we set up Universal Projects I knew we would succeed but I have been amazed at what we have achieved so far and this is only the beginning.

“Together with my associates we are already working on three continents and we will continue to build on our success.”

David Thomas MBE, president of the council of chambers in Europe, said: “Nigel’s work on the COBCOE Academy has been inspirational and his commitment to international trade is exemplary, he has also designed training programmes for the network. He is fully deserving of this very special award.”