Six East Midlands companies land Queen’s Awards

Six businesses from the East Midlands have awarded the prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

Nottinghamshire software development company Microlise has followed up last year’s Award for Enterprise with an Award for Innovation this year.

Also taking an Innovation Award is meat netting manufacturer TruNet (UK) from Ashby de la Zouch.

Coalville-based CMS Cepcor has landed an International Trade Award. The firm manufactures and supplies engineered components for crushing and screening equipment used in the mining and quarrying industries.

Ezidock of Kirkby-in-Ashfield also takes the International Trade Award. The company designs and manufactures systems and packaging for safe handling of highly toxic powders, tablets and pastes for chemical, pharmaceutical and biopharma industries. The company previously won Queen’s Awards for International Trade in 2014 and Innovation in 2015.

They are joined in the category by MiRiCal Emblems of Blidworth which is a second generation Nottinghamshire based family business specialising in the manufacture of heat-applied garment decoration products for use on different clothing types including workwear, safetywear and sportswear.

Nottingham’s Natgraph also take an International Trade Award. The company manufactures accelerated drying technology to the industrial print market. The company wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years.

They are among 201 UK businesses have been recognised for their contribution to international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting opportunity (through social mobility).

The winners include businesses leading the way in a huge range of industries – from construction, agriculture, motoring and software development. This year, three quarters of the total are SMEs, 30 of which have fewer than ten employees. They will join more than 6,000 British businesses in receiving the prestigious honour and will have the privilege of displaying the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise emblem for five years.

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.

“These awards recognise the innovative products and services being provided by British businesses that are in demand across the world, as well as the sheer determination and hard work that comes with starting and running a business.

“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.”

The Awards, now in their 53rd year, are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses, with companies from across the UK recognised for their contribution in the four categories.