WEST MIDLANDS FIRMS HONOURED IN QUEEN’S AWARDS 2019
West Midlands businesses operating in a broad range of industries, including a musical instrument manufacturer, an aviation finance specialist and a preventer of online fraud, have been named as winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2019, one of the most prestigious corporate prizes for British companies.
The awards, in their 53nd 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.
Sixteen businesses from the West Midlands have been recognised among the 201 national recipients, which include 129 winners of the international trade award, 61 winners of the innovation award, six winners of the sustainable development award and five winners of the promoting opportunity award.
The most recognised category in the region is international trade, of which there are ten winners.
These include Aviation News in Staffordshire, which specialises in aviation finance and leasing. It owns and runs seven conferences and two exhibitions around the globe, as well as operating two daily digital news services.
The Helping Hand Company in Herefordshire has also been honoured. A provider of support services for the environmental and well-being sectors, the company’s environmental division in particular has been buoyed by unprecedented growth in export sales over the last six years, with the total rising from £138,832 to £1.1m.
Elsewhere, Proto Labs in Telford – which manufactures custom prototypes and on-demand production parts – has also been recognised. Its overseas sales have grown from £13m in 2015 to £27.7m in 2017, with the company’s main European export markets being Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Sweden.
Other West Midlands companies to be honoured in this category are Allett, C Brandauer & Co, JMDA, Leeson Polyurethanes, REPL Group Worldwide, Seada Technology and The Lawton Tube Co.
A total of six businesses were recognised for innovation including Warwick Music, which has been credited with ‘saving the trombone from extinction’ through the development of a plastic instrument, marketed as the pBone.
Also recognised are Prometheus Medical, Semantics 21, Spectra Group, Synectics Solutions and Thorlux Lighting.
Business secretary Greg Clark said: “These prestigious awards help shine a light on all that is great about UK business today. I am extremely impressed to see such a wealth of talent and innovation from across the UK being recognised today by Her Majesty The Queen.
“Many of these winners are small businesses – the backbone of our economy – and we are backing them to grow, increase their productivity and create more jobs and opportunity across the UK through our modern Industrial Strategy.”
To learn more about Semantics 21 and their award, visit there website here.