15 companies recognised in 2018 Queen’s Awards

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15 West Midlands companies have been given Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

The companies recognised range from Coventry automotive supplier Brose and Staffordshire childcare provider Busy Bees to The First Class Pet Company, which started trading in 2010 and employs five people exporting UK made pet foods.

Another winner from the region was automotive centre of excellence MIRA Technology Park. Since 2012, more than three-quarters of the park’s gross revenue is classified as Foreign Direct Investment.

Dr George Gillespie, chief executive at HORIBA MIRA, said: “I’m extremely proud of what the team have achieved with MIRA Technology Park, in particular from an FDI perspective, attracting some truly great international automotive companies to establish their EU R&D operations on the park.

“We still have a long journey ahead, but the growth achieved so far has been consistently strong and it is very pleasing for our achievements to be recognised in this way.

“We are confident that with the Queens Award for Enterprise, our growing international reputation and the continued investment we make in the park, our appeal to international businesses will only strengthen.”

This year, a total of 230 businesses from across the UK were recognised for their contribution in four categories – international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting opportunity.

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.”

The winners will attend a royal reception at Buckingham Palace in the summer to celebrate the Awards.

West Midlands recipients

International trade:
Addmaster (UK)
Cobra Biologics
DCA Design International
Fortress Interlocks
George Pragnell
MIRA Technology Park
Swift-Cut Automation
The First Class Pet Company
TP3 Global

Promoting opportunities:
Busy Bees Nurseries

Fairfax Saddles
Green Sheep Group
The Wool Packaging Company