Leaders of 14 West Midland companies will be at Buckingham Palace today to receive The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2008.
They will collect their awards at an evening reception hosted by The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Businesses large and small from around the region, including Birmingham, Burton-on-Trent, Gaydon, Hereford, Malvern, Rocester, Rugby, Telford, Uttoxeter and Wolverhampton, are among the winners.
Among them is Bernhard and Company of Rugby, a winner in the Innovation category for developing a system for the simple, fast and accurate sharpening of lawnmowers.
Used by leading golf clubs and sports turf facilities worldwide, the equipment produces surgically sharp blades on cylinder mowers.
Managing director Stephen Bernhard said: “We are delighted to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and are looking forward to attending the reception.
“The honour is a tribute to the sheer hard work demonstrated by our dedicated workforce, who play such a vital role in producing the consistently high standards that are required in today’s challenging world of sport.
“We are receiving messages of support and many of our associates and customers around the world have been in touch to congratulate us.”
Other West Midland winners include Land Rover, a global vehicle manufacturer with 9,375 employees; Keepsake Card Craft, a company with 11 employees that has created a patented embossing board for decorating cards; Fortress Interlocks, a manufacturer of safety interlock systems, and Activa Healthcare, a firm that has developed wound care products.
The Queen will this evening also meet this year’s recipients of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, which recognises and rewards a handful of individuals for their work, often above and beyond the normal call of duty, inspiring entrepreneurial skills and attitudes in others.
Also attending the event will be trade and investment minister Lord (Digby) Jones of Birmingham who said: “I am always impressed with the diversity, commitment, determination and enthusiasm of the many businesses and individuals recognised by The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. They have made a huge contribution to the economy, helping to create wealth, employment and enhancing the UK’s reputation as an enterprising centre of excellence. They all deserve enormous credit.”
Across the UK, 136 organisations were successful in the business categories of The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2008, winning 139 Awards. Three have won Awards in two categories, International Trade and Innovation.
The Queen’s Awards are recognised as the most prestigious corporate in the UK. They recognise the achievement of the successful business unit as a whole – management and employees – working as a team.
They are granted in three categories: International Trade (recognising an outstanding or continuous achievement in overseas earnings); Innovation (for commercially successful and innovative products or services); and Sustainable Development (covering commercially successful products and services and approaches to management that have major benefits for the environment, society and the UK economy).
The full list of West Midland winners is:
International trade: Alwayse Engineering of Birmingham – manufacturers of ball transfer units’ for materials handling systems; Fortress Interlocks of Wolverhampton – manufacturers of safety interlock systems for many industrial applications; JCB Service, of Uttoxeter, Staffordshire – parts and accessories for earth moving machines; JCB Backhoe Loader Business Unit of Rocester, Staffordshire – backhoe loader excavators; Land Rover – 4x4 vehicles; Leonard Simmonds Associates, of Malvern, Worcestershire – traded endowment insurance policies; TRP Sealing Systems of Hereford – manufacturers of elastomeric gaskets for heat-exchangers; Thermserve of Telford, Shropshire – equipment for the aluminium industry.
Innovation: Activa Healthcare of Burton on Trent, Staffordshire – leg ulcer and chronic oedema management products; Bernhard and Company of Rugby – Express Dual and Anglemaster products for sharpening grass cutting blades; Keepsake Card Craft of Oldbury – patented embossing board for card decoration; Land Rover for its Terrain Response vehicle traction system; Titan Steel Wheels of Kidderminster – three-piece integrated flange wheels for mobile cranes.