The Duchess of Northumberland presents the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation to RED Engineering’s (l – r) Richard Kent, Joe Orrell and Toby Bailey
A Hexham-based company has been praised by the Duchess of Northumberland for its innovative approach to solving engineering problems.
The Duchess presented a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation to RED Engineering, Which was rewarded for its expertise in developing, building and testing highly specialised equipment for the offshore sector.
The Queen’s Award is one of the highest honours that can be bestowed on a UK-based company and is given annually to those who have realised outstanding success and achievement.
The firm provides consultancy, bespoke equipment and testing services for companies in the offshore oil and gas, renewables and nuclear decommissioning sectors.
A clamp designed for the world’s deepest underwater oil well was among the work singled out in the award’s citation, showcasing the speed and originality the company brings to meeting the needs of its customers.
Joined by Bob Biggs, deputy clerk to the Northumberland Lieutenancy, and Janette Milburn, practice/lieutenancy officer from legal services at County Hall, Morpeth, the Duchess presented a commemorative crystal bowl to RED Engineering’s directors Joe Orrell, Richard Kent and Toby Bailey.
She took a tour of RED’s offices before meeting some of the staff involved in projects undertaken for TechnipFMC, GE Oil & Gas and Subsea 7 among other clients.
The Duchess said: “I’m delighted to be able to present this very prestigious business award. The RED team is clearly doing a great job, working on some very complex projects.
“Achieving the Queen’s Award will be a real boost for them at a regional and national level, and their hard work and dedication will no doubt be an inspiration to other businesses.”
Joe Orrell, managing director, said: “I would like to thank Her Grace for this presentation and her time today.
“The Queen’s Award is one of the highest accolades a company can win. For us, we see this as a tribute to the quality of our excellent staff and the commitment and dedication they bring to their work.
“The award is a highly respected and relevant achievement, so I’m sure it will prove a significant mark of excellence for us as we grow and win new customers in the coming years.”