West Midlands exporters selected for Queen's Awards

West Midlands exporters selected for Queen's Awards

Twelve businesses across the West Midlands have been recognised in the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in their exporting success.

Out of the 150 companies named across the UK by Business Secretary Sajid Javid, two thirds of the companies were selected for their commitment to exporting.

Widely regarded as the most prestigious business awards in the country, this year marks the 50th anniversary for the winners of the Queen’s Awards Scheme.

Seven businesses received awards for sustainable development, with a further 92 awards presented for innovation.

Winners from the West Midlands include Solihull-based consultancy MCP, who provide asset management consulting and training services.

MPC managing director Peter Gagg said:  “We're honoured to have been recognised for our contribution to International Trade.

“For the next five years, we can display the emblem with pride and to further our success in the UK and overseas.”

Alongside MCP is Birmingham’s The Binding Site Group, which specialised in producing highly sensitive antibodies for the detections of certain cancers and other serious disorders.

Exporting 89% of its manufactured products, the firm has seen its international trade more than double in value from 2010 to 2015.

Other Midlands winners include:

  • Hoshizaki Europe Limitied from Telford, Shropshire, which produced 80% of Hoshizaki ice machines sold in Europe.
      • Bromsgrove-based Winsted Ltd, which designs, manufactures and delivers control room furniture solutions.
          • Dermal Thermal Technology Ltd from Keele, the largest rovider of non-animal skin absoption studies in the world.
              • Health food retailer Holland and Barratt who are headquartered in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.
                  • JMB Partnership, a sales and marketing agency from Wellesbourne.
                      • Staffordshire-based tableware designer and manufacturer Portmerion Group.
                          • Lock, Stock & Barrel Grooming Company, from Birmingham, which supplies professional salon products.
                              • JCB Compact Products, which designs and manufactures a range of compact construction equipment at its factory in Cheadle, Staffordshire.
                                  • Tenbury Wells food decoration and ingredient producer Orchard Valley Food Ltd.
                                    • The announcement of the prestigious awards has coincided with Exporting is GREAT week, where UK Trade & Investment West Midlands is hosting nine events across the region to encourage local businesses to expand overseas, as well as sharing the day with the Queen’s 90th birthday.

                                      Business secretary Sajid Javid said: “The Queen’s Awards are a great way of celebrating the best of British business.

                                      “Whether you’re a disruptive start-up making life easier for your customers or a large company with a blockbuster product, these awards recognise your contribution to enterprise.

                                      “We are a country full of exciting and innovative businesses that deserve to be celebrated.

                                       I’d like to commend all the winners for their hard work in creating jobs for people and driving our growing economy.”