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Business Secretary names winners of 2016 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

PUBLISHED: 10:37 04 May 2016 | UPDATED: 10:37 04 May 2016

Queens Awards

Queens Awards


The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious business awards, given only to companies or individuals who are outstanding in their field. Now in their 50th year, 2016 sees a high water mark of a total of 254 awards being presented: 150 for International Trade, 92 for Innovation, 7 for Sustainable Development and 5 for Enterprise Promotion.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid named the winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and the 5 individual recipients of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. This year’s winners are UK businesses leading the way in a broad range of industries - from cloud computing and medical device manufacture, to pet health and sports broadcasting.

20 businesses across our Cotswolds region received awards including for sustainable development, innovation and international trade. The category for international trade increased to 150 winners, indicating the high quality of entries from businesses showing outstanding growth in overseas earnings.

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.

Widely regarded as the most prestigious business awards in the country, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary for the winners of the Queen’s Awards scheme in what is also her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday year. The winning businesses will also be able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next 5 years.


20 Winners in Cotswolds region

South East – Innovation

Forces Support LTD

Windrush House, Windrush industrial park, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 7DX

Forces Support Ltd wins an Innovation Award for their novel provision of bereavement support to the families of service personnel. The support provided by the company takes the form of practical help around the house and home. Since it started trading in 2010, Forces Support Ltd has provided professional builders, maintenance personnel and apprentices, who are direct employees of the charity, to work around families’ homes and gardens. The company funds the support through the profits from the Forces Support furniture shops, making the charity self sufficient and sustainable. There are currently 17 stores in existence, with many more planned. Over the last five years the company has grown from one employee to a staff of 40. www.forcessupport.org.uk

Sesui Ltd

Magdalen Centre, The Oxford Science Park, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 4GA

Sesui Ltd receives an Innovation Award for its cloud-based contact centre, iPlatform, which underpins all of Sesui Ltd’s offerings. The iPlatform provides a range of functions for call management with the main innovation being that it will work across any type of infrastructure with all types of phone line (analogue, IP, digital and mobile). This means that the existing infrastructure can remain in place, if required, and the most appropriate connectivity provided, as there is no need to standardise on a particular type of phone line or equipment, as is necessary with other cloud-based contact centre providers. The value the iPlatform brings to the customers is the scalability of the functions across borders regardless of the size of the company. The company started trading in 2003 and over the last five years the applicant has doubled its workforce. www.sesui.com

White Brothers (Witney) Limited

Unit 5 Nimrod, De Havilland Way, Windrush Park, Witney, OX29 0YA

White Brothers (Whitney) Ltd wins an Innovation Award for developing a commercial model for sourcing and supplying new products to charity retail organisations throughout the UK. The company started trading in 2005 and supplies high quality new goods that offer value to charity shoppers. The model allows the applicant to acquire rejected products from high street retail suppliers at a low cost then process the stock and supply it to charity retail outlets at a low price point. When stock supplied is problematic, (damaged, oversupply etc) it is costly for the supplier to deal with (either by landfilling or shipping to the manufacturer). The applicant can purchase the problematic stock from the supplier, thereby removing the cost of dealing with the unwanted product. The stock is then processed, de-branded, repackaged and sorted then sold on to charity retail outlets. The company also provides a bespoke fulfilment service that is tailored to suit each customer’s infrastructure. www.white-brothers.co.uk

South East - International Trade

David Harber Ltd

Blewburton Barns, Hagbourne Road, Aston Upthorpe, Oxfordshire, OX11 9EE

Founded in June 2000 David Harber Ltd. specializes in the design and manufacture of high value tailored or bespoke sundials, sculptures and water features for private homes, palaces and public institutions. Selling to wealthy individuals as well as to civic and corporate clients the company focuses mostly on the USA plus Switzerland, the Middle East, Australia and Singapore. It promotes its products using a sophisticated multi-folder web site hosted in the USA, UK and USA-based sales teams targeting specifiers and it maintains regular contact with its database of both specifiers and clients. The company also exhibits at high profile events such as the Chelsea Flower Show, which attracts many overseas buyers. In recognition of the company’s outstanding growth in overseas earnings over the last three years, including increasing its proportion of overseas sales from 22.6% to 40.3%, the company is awarded the Queen’s Award for International Trade. www.davidharber.com

OpTek Ltd t/a OpTek Systems

14 Blacklands Way, Abingdon Business Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1DY

OpTek Ltd, founded in 2000, has won the Queen’s Award for International Trade for continuous outstanding overseas sales over six years. The company has developed new laser micro manufacturing solutions, developing the technology to produce machines, and holding in house engineering to test their solutions before going to clients. Once machines are delivered, ongoing back up and support are provided to the client. Winners of the Queens Award for International Trade in 2011, the company has since virtually doubled exports, establishing subsidiaries in USA and SE Asia and expanding into a range of markets worldwide, building long term relationships with key multinational clients. www.opteksystems.com

Oxford Programs Limited t/a Oxford Royale Academy

Punt House, St Catherine’s College, Oxford, OX1 3UJ

Oxford Royal Academy (ORA) has won the Queen’s Award for International Trade for outstanding overseas sales growth over three years. Established in 2004, the company provides summer school services, all year round education, and online courses. The company is the largest summer school provider in Oxford offering 52 study options to over 2000 students per annum and were awarded the Queens Award for International Trade in 2012. 95% of the business is international with clients from over 100 countries worldwide, and sales have grown year on year over three years by a total of 38% from £5.2 million to 7.2 million. www.oxford-royale.co.uk

South East Sustainable Development

Seacourt Ltd

Pony Road, Horspath Road, Industrial, Oxford, OX4 2SE

Seacourt Limited began trading in 1946 and boasts a range of high profile national customers. Sustainable development is core to the business strategy and the company is committed to delivering high quality printed material with the lightest environmental impact. It has pursued this commitment for 20 years, demonstrating continuous achievement and an ability to re-think the approach rather than simply relying on improved efficiency of existing technologies. The company became a zero waste to landfill company in 2009 and has driven the development of new printing press technology, in partnership with a leading printing press manufacturer. This innovation (the LightTouch process) is a unique waterless printing press that incorporates an LED drying unit. The company supports local charities and events. Impressive sector leadership is demonstrated and suppliers are selected on the basis of their ability and willingness to improve the sustainability of their supply chain. Seacourt Limited also received an award in this category in 2007 and 2011. www.seacourt.net

South West - Innovation

Hope for Tomorrow

Upton Lodge, Upton, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8LP

Hope for Tomorrow wins an Innovation Award for its Mobile Chemotherapy Units (MCUs). The MCUs address the problem of patients having to travel long distances to and from treatment and provide the NHS with additional capacity. Coincidently, their first MCU was in ‘the world’ not just the UK! The MCUs are owned and maintained by the charity and are operated as part of a partnership with the local NHS Trusts. Hope for Tomorrow currently operates ten MCUs in a number of locations. The charity, established in 2002, was the first to offer such a service in the UK. Each unit can perform up to 2000 treatments per year. www.hopefortomorrow.org.uk

South West - International Trade

Advanced Insulation Limited

Quedgeley West Business Park, Bristol Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2 4PA

Established in 2007, Advanced Insulation Ltd has grown to become a single source provider of subsea insulation and topside passive fire protection systems to the upstream oil and gas industry. Its products are now qualified and used worldwide by major oil and gas companies including Total, ConocoPhilips, Chevron, BP, Statoil, BG, ENI Woodside, Talisman and ExxonMobil. A previous Queen’s Award winner for International Trade in 2012 and Innovation in 2013, the company continues to grow supported by a network of local representations in key countries around the world including USA, Kazakhstan, Korea, United Arab Emirates, Angola, Malaysia and Brazil. The company employs a hub and spoke system with the UK hub providing manufacturing, management and support, and feeding the local regions. Building on its integrated international strategy overseas sales have grown by 332% over the last three years, and the company wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade for this outstanding performance. www.aisplc.com

Helipebs Controls Ltd

Premier Works, Sisson Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2 0RE

Despite challenging market conditions Helipebs Controls Ltd has redefined themselves by investing in the company and looked to overseas markets. This strategy realised outstanding growth in overseas earnings that has also lead to growth on the domestic side of the business and substantially improved profitability. As a result Helipebs Controls Ltd wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade. Formed in 1969 they took over the groups subcontract machine shop which in the past had manufactured agriculture implements and started manufacturing imperial hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders under license from an American company. They converted them to metric for the UK, then Europe and then further afield. Ten years ago the UK market was flooded with low cost imports and recognising they were unable to compete they changed their approach to low-volume, high-value bespoke units for subsea oil and gas, aerospace and Formula. www.helipebs-controls.co.uk

Robert Welch Designs Limited

Lower High Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6DY

Established in 1961 Robert Welch Designs Ltd has won the Queen’s Award for International Trade for outstanding growth in overseas sales over three years. The company designs and manufactures stainless steel dining cutlery, kitchen knives, utensils and living ware (candlesticks, tea lights and bathroom accessories). Starting out from a local base in a shop in the Cotswolds it won a major export order with Virgin Airlines and used this as a reference order to promote and expand the business in the USA and Canada. The company now sells in over 30 markets worldwide and international sales have grown by over 50% over three years and now accounts for 44% of total turnover. www.robertwelch.com

West Midlands - Innovation


Units 1 and 2, Tything Park, Arden Forest Industrial Estate, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 6ES

Dawcom Ltd t/a Dawson wins an Innovation Award for their product GC -Zero 70K an antenna for the Eutelsat KA satellite. The antenna automatically aligns to the strongest signal and enables users to incorporate a satellite antenna on to a normal vehicle rather than require a satellite truck and an engineer for communications. Users of the antennae include broadcasters, emergency services and remote communities. Innovative features of the antenna include the lightweight folding design made of aluminium and stainless steel for a rapid, industry leading set-up time of two minutes. The automatic alignment is facilitated by a fast scan algorithm which identifies the strongest signal and aligns the antenna. The product has been very successful for the company and established a base for continued overseas expansion. Dawson started trading in 1996 and this is its first Queen’s Award. www.dawson-dynamic.com

Greenlighting Ltd

Unit 18, Great Western Business park, McKenzie Way, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR4 9GN

Greenlighting Ltd receives an Innovation Award for development of a new service to support its LED lighting solutions the Green Deal. When a product fitted in a new home is not working as intended, the home owner and the house-builder are subjected to ‘snag lists’. This causes dissatisfaction to the customer, but is also costly to the house-builder. To solve this problem, the company created Green Deal, a service through which the company take responsibility for their products even after installation. Using this service, house-builders can install Greenlighting’s products and then leave all the future responsibility for potential faults to the company. Greenlighting Ltd (established 2002) is the first to take such an approach in the industry and since introducing the innovation has found its reputation and profits growing. www.greenlighting.co.uk

Postcode Anywhere (Europe) Limited T/A PCA Predict

Waterside, Basin Road, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR5 3DA

Postcode Anywhere (Europe) Ltd t/a PCA Predict wins an Innovation Award for developing an address validation tool. The software, Capture+, is unlike traditional address capture solutions as it can populate web forms when the user starts to type their address. As the user adds any of their details Capture+ presents a series of options for the user to select. Capture+ employs a self-learning model that looks at address structure and the patterns, then builds its own rules, rather than relying on manually-coded rules to govern it. It also works across a range of widely different complex international address formats. This technology lends itself well when using mobile devices where typing is less easy. It is also very effective when users are filling in multi-delivery addresses. Even if someone only knows a fragment of their address, full address solutions appear immediately. The applicant started trading in 2001. Revised Description of goods/services PCA Predict’s address validation service, Capture+ offers a pioneering solution to traditional postcode look-up. www.pcapredict.com

The Training Foundation Limited

Foundation House, Milburn Hill Road, University of Warwick Science Park, Coventry, West Midlands, CV4 7HS

The Training Foundation receives an Innovation award for its quality assurance of Learning and Development (L&D) through the TAP Certified Assessor programme. TAP (Training Accreditation Programme) is the UK’s leading Qualifications framework for L&D professionals. The Certified Assessor programme is based on TAP’s unique best-practice assessable models and enables an organisation’s L&D management to have internal senior practitioners trained and certified to objectively assess trainers’ performance. This results in the quality assurance of all formal training to best-practice standards and ensures effective transfer of learning into workplace performance. The requirement is evidenced by an Office for National Statistics report on the productivity gap between the UK and US and Germany (UK productivity 25% lower) where poor transfer of employee training into workplace application was identified as a contributory factor. The applicant started trading in 1998 and its innovative approach to developing L&D skills was awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation in 2005. www.tap.training

West Midlands - International Trade

Holland & Barrett (part of NBTY Europe)

7 Barling Way, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV10 7RH

Holland & Barrett International has almost 146 years’ experience helping customers choose the right products to maintain optimum health. It has carved out a niche in the health and well-being sector as Europe’s leading specialist retailer of health foods, vitamins, minerals and herb supplements with a UK market share around 34%. A very well organised business that knows what it wants to be and do, how to go about it and gets on with it in a methodical way. With nearly 100% growth in overseas earnings in the past six years, growth in overall sales, growth in profits, growth in stores, recovering staff numbers and growth in countries overseas, the company wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade. http://www.hollandandbarrett.com

Kudos Blends Ltd.

Old Station Business Park, Cleobury Mortimer, Worcestershire, DY14 8SY

Kudos Blends was founded in 1999 to manufacture baking powders and raising agents, focusing on technical excellence and innovation of its products. In recognition of the limitations of growth in the domestic market over the last three years the company has focused its strategies on growing export markets. The company’s export strategy is based on targeting global brands and focusing on markets where there is a drive towards sodium reduction in baked goods. Major current export markets are United States, Canada, Australia and South Korea. Overseas sales have grown by 350% over the last three years with an increase in UK employees, overall sales and profitability. It wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade for outstanding growth in overseas sales over the last three years. www.kudosblends.com

Orchard Valley Foods Limited

4 Lower Teme Business Park, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, WR15 8SZ

Established in 2004, Orchard Valley Foods Ltd produces food decorations, food ingredients, and food inclusions; and has won the Queen’s Award for International Trade for outstanding overseas sales growth over three years. The company has the highest possible independent, international, third party assessed quality standard for its industry and has worked to help clients launch over 100 new products in the last year alone. Export markets are accessed either via an established and expanding distributor network or through the overseas operations of major multinational corporations who make up its UK client base. As a result international sales have increased by over 550% in three years. www.orchard-valley.co.uk

The JMB Partnership LTD

Warwick Enterprise Park, Wellesbourne, Warwickshire, CV35 9EF

The JMB Partnership Ltd was founded in 2006 starting as a lead generation agency supporting UK companies. The company was then approached by non-UK companies looking for in-market sales support and market entry solutions with the objective of achieving successful market penetration and to accelerate their UK and international business growth. Its client base is overseas organisations entering the UK market; and to date it has supported over 600 international clients helping them to launch and grow their presence in the UK market. Recognised for its work internationally, the company has developed strong relations and accreditation internationally with Trade & Government Agencies. The company’s key markets and client base are Ireland 24%, USA 9% - closely followed by Northern and Central Europe. It has seen a 64% growth in its international trade since 2013 and wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade for outstanding www.thejmbpartnership.com

Winsted Ltd

Unit D1, Sapphire Court, Isidore Road, Bromsgrove Enterprise Park, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 3FL

Winsted Ltd, based in Bromsgrove, is part of the Winsted Corporation, Minneapolis, USA. Set up in 1984, to service Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India and Russia, the company is a fully operational organisation which designs, manufactures, distributes and installs control room furniture throughout these regions. Overseas contracts are achieved and implemented through a mix of direct sales to customers and indirectly via its expanding number of distributors and local country partners. The development of new product lines and greater service flexibility have allowed the company to diversify into new industry sectors, and has given it a competitive advantage in its existing market place. Winsted has previously won the International Trade Award in 2012 and 2013 and has continued its success with international sales growing on average by 46% over the last three years. In 2014 international business accounted for 74% of sales and totalled £2.15 million. It wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade for outstanding overseas sales growth over the last three years. www.winsted.com

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