Yorkshire firms recognised in 2019 Queen’s Awards

Yorkshire firms recognised in 2019 Queen’s Awards

A host of businesses from Yorkshire and the Humber are among the 2019 recipients of the Queen's Awards for Enterprise, operating in sectors including manufacturing, rail and defence.

The awards, now 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.

Fourteen businesses from Yorkshire and the Humber have been recognised among the 201 national recipients, which includes 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 only company from the region to win in both the international trade and innovation categories is Ideal Boilers.

The Hull-based company has designed a manufacturing process that transforms the reliability of its boilers, and has also developed products specifically for export.

Shaun Edwards, chief executive of Ideal Boilers, said: "It is an honour and a privilege to receive these awards, which reflect our continued commitment to innovation and international relations. This high recognition emphasises and reflects the hard work and determination of all our employees whose core values of excellence, integrity and an entrepreneurial spirit will continue to drive our business further towards greater achievements."

Two other Yorkshire companies have been recognised for innovation. C-Kore Systems, based in Escrick, which has developed a cost saving subsea measuring tool for fault finding and health checking subsea electrical networks in the oil and gas industry, and York-based Incremental Solutions, which is utilising its AEGIS system to assist rail companies and Network Rail to better understand sources of delay and poor performance.

Among the region's companies to receive Queen's Awards for international trade success are Sheffield-based Diamond Dispersions ink jet ink manufacturer Diamond Dispersions; Carramore International, a Holmfirth bisoness that operates as a buying and logistics supplier to the medical and life science research community; Knaresborough-based contract furniture manufacturer Naughtone; and Wakefield-headquartered OE Electrics, which specialises in mains power and USB charging for commercial furniture.

David Masters, group managing director OE Electrics, said: "To be a winner of the Queen's Award for Enterprise is a real honour for all at OE Electrics. As a brand, we have been predominantly recognised in our markets for our innovative products. This award, especially, acknowledges the hugely talented team here at OE Electrics for our export achievements. To be a part of the select group of Queen's Award winners brings a great sense of pride to everyone involved."

Also recognised in this category are Halifax-based Pexa, which provides sales, marketing, delivery and technical support services to chemical manufacturers; Teledyne Defence & Space, a sensor technology company based in Shipley; Wakefield-headquartered Greens Power, which specialises in in economisers and waste heat recovery systems; and Brigg-based greeting card, stationary and giftware supplier Wrendale Designs.

Leeds-based luxury bed maker Harrison Spinks, which won in both the international trade and innovation categories last year, has once again been recognised in 2019, this time for sustainable development.

Also recognised in this category is Company Shop, a South Yorkshire-based surplus food redistributor which stops good food going to waste.

Winners of the Queen's Awards for Enterprise are visited by a Royal representative and are presented with a commemorative trophy as a mark of their achievement.

Businesses are also able to use the Queen's Awards emblem in advertising, marketing and on packaging for five years.