The South West economy is fuelled mainly by small businesses, as is the UK generally (where 99% of all firms are ‘small enterprises’), and it was therefore no surprise, yet very satisfying, to see 30 such companies recently named as winners of Queen’s Awards. However, the achievement was even more laudable given the fact that the South West’s haul represents approximately 12% of the total UK winners – an achievement which demonstrates that the region punched well above its weight! For the full story please read the news bulletin below which was issued by Insider Media today.
Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds, 23rd April 2018
South West companies pick up 30 Queen’s Awards
South West businesses operating in a broad range of industries, including a flood barrier system manufacturer, a video game producer an audio cable specialist and a water board, have been named as winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2018, one of the most prestigious corporate prizes for British companies.
The awards, in their 52nd year, are made annually by the Queen and are given for the “highest levels of excellence” demonstrated in categories including international trade, innovation and sustainable development.
Those honoured are able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years.
Twenty-seven businesses from the South West have been recognised among the 230 national recipients, which includes 152 winners of the international trade award, 72 winners of the innovation award, eight winners of the sustainable development award and six winners of the promoting opportunity award.
Winners of the award for innovation were Advanced Insulation, Fluvial Innovations, Jo Bird & Co, Ndemic Creations, One Team Logic, Rocketmakers, Ultrahaptics and Watson-Marlow.
Winners of the award for international trade were ADEY Professional Heating Solutions, Celtic & Co, Coombe Castle International, John Packer, LEW Techniques, Maverick Drinks, Prima Dental Manufacturing, Tellurium Q, Thomas Ware and Sons, Turnstyle designs and Wild and Wolf.
Winners of the sustainable development award were Commercial Group, LittlePod, St Austell Brewery, Wessex Water Services and Census Group won the promoting opportunity through social mobility award.
SkyDemon, Solentim and Resilience Communications are amongst seven UK companies to win two awards, with all three picking up awards for innovation as well as international trade.
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 per cent of UK firms are small and more than 1,000 new businesses start every day. Through our Industrial Strategy, we are building a Britain in which they will continue to thrive.”