Iain Wilson, founder and managing director of IBC-Music was awarded the distinctive crystal trophy by HM Lord-Lieutenant of County Down, Gawn Rowan-Hamilton ahead of launching Titanic Guitars.
Established in 2019, IBC-Music specialises in helping international musical instrument brands find manufacturing and distribution partners worldwide.
IBC was one of 148 organisations nationally to be recognised with the prestigious King’s Award for strong growth in international trade and one of only three companies in Northern Ireland.
The innovative company has monopolised on changes in worldwide markets, offering effective sourcing and omnichannel routes to market for its clients. Major customers in the USA, Canada, and Germany have helped catapult IBC-Music to become a multi-million pound business turning over £3.5 million in just 3 years.
Titanic Guitars is a unique line that pays homage to the tradition of Irish music and guitar building will officially launch at the prestigious NAMM show in California from 25-28 January 2024.
Iain Wilson said: “We’re proud to win the King’s Award and simultaneously use this occasion to launch Titanic Guitars. Amazingly, a small team from Northern Ireland can offer a world-renowned service and build up an international client base. More and more brands are using our expertise. We’re excited to see the growth of Titanic Guitars worldwide.
“King Charles III recognised out international achievements and clients, customers and partner. We’re sure we will additional business from this award and look forward to continuing to boost the UK economy.”
HM Lord-Lieutenant of County Down, Gawn Rowan-Hamilton said:
“It is difficult to get an award. It is hard work, it requires time, effort and thought. I think Iain will do extremely well. I’m sure His Majesty is delighted that you together with all your colleagues have achieved such success in your business over the last 30 years and wishes you all the very best for the future.”
Minister of State for NI Steve 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 Award programme, now in its 60th year, is the most prestigious award in the country, with successful businesses able to use the esteemed King’s Awards Emblem for the next five years.