A total of 230 businesses from across the UK received awards for international trade, innovation, sustainable development, and promoting opportunity.
North East businesses recognised in Queen’s Awards for Enterprise
Established in 1965, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is the most prestigious business award in the UK
The awards were confirmed today (21st April) as Her Majesty celebrates her 92nd birthday.
Now in its 53rd year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise celebrates companies recognised as being among the best Britain has to offer and allows them to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next 5 years.
Winners include businesses leading the way in a broad range of industries – from agricultural technology and sustainable goods production, to innovative software and healthcare.
Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “The UK has some of the most entrepreneurial and innovative minds in the world delivering jobs, growth and greater choice for consumers and I am proud to see a wealth of these businesses being recognised today.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy – 99% of UK firms are small and over 1,000 new businesses start every day. Through our Industrial Strategy we are building a Britain in which they will continue to thrive.”
According to research by the University of Strathclyde, 73% of international trade award winners between 2012 and 2015 directly attributed increased international sales to winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
In total, 26 firms from Yorkshire received awards and the winners will attend a royal reception at Buckingham Palace in the summer to celebrate.
This year’s North East winners are:
Esh Holdings Ltd
Construction company Esh Group is awarded a Queen's Award for Promoting Opportunity for its social mobility programme. The company's 'Building My Skills' programme provides a careers advice and skills development service which is integrated into the curricula of schools, selected by Local Authorities, who have either a greater knowledge of local need or close proximity to an Esh Group construction site. Promoting Opportunity.
Gate 7 Ltd
Gate 7 specialises in the supply of decals and printed components to the construction equipment, agricultural and industrial machinery markets. Establishing manufacturing facilities in the USA enabled them to expand their global presence and strengthen the service they offer to customers. The company wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years.
Honeyman Group Ltd
HydroGienic® is a bulk pure water distribution system that Honeyman Group Ltd, of County Durham, developed to address problems and restrictions associated with existing systems in the pharmaceutical industry. The adaptability, flexibility, and resultant cost saving is significant, translating directly into increased production efficiency, and performance, over the lifetime of the system. It has earned the company an award for innovation.
Create Technologies Ltd, trading as Createc
The Createc team was founded in 2005 as an R&D group within an established SME where the founder was developing radiation imaging tools for the nuclear industry. In 2010 the team began work on radiation measurement fields outside that industry, becoming self-sufficient financially, at which point Create Technologies itself was established. The company now operates within the international highly regulated nuclear decommissioning industry using a mix of academics and entrepreneurs to develop and market its products and services. It wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years.
The Lakes Free Range Egg Co Ltd
The Lakes Free Range Egg Co Ltd produces and packages free range and organic free range eggs. Its management focuses on improving chicken welfare and ensures that all of its operations contribute to sustainable development. It has encouraged tree planting across its own farms, its suppliers and the industry. Due to their outstanding sector leadership and influence, the Lakes Free Range Egg Co receives a Queen's Award for Sustainable Development.
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