Three West Midland firms had a day out at Buckingham Palace to pick up accolades from the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.
Representatives from Southam-based construction facade firm Alumet, Turner & Townsend, the construction and management consultancy with a strong Birmingham presence, and Kingswinford-based power industry supplier Alcomet all travelled to London for the ceremony.
The awards aim to champion the UK’s most enterprising, creative and sustainable organisations, and Staffordshire manufacturer JCB was among the other recipients this year.
Alumet won its Queen’s Award in the Innovation category in April this year for its work on the unique bomb-blast resistant facade system.
Directors Paul Summers and Damien Bradley attended a special evening reception for the winners which was hosted by The Queen and other members of the royal family.
Alumet director Dean Walton said “There has not been much cause for celebration in the local construction industry lately, so this gave all our loyal staff a massive boost and the chance to let their hair down and celebrate with colleagues, guests, family and friends.”
Companies can apply for an award in three categories – international trade, innovation or sustainable development.
It costs nothing to enter, and it is open to any UK-based business with two or more employees.
The awards ceremony was attended by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Andrew, Princess Alexandria and Lord Mandelson.
Alcomet’s joint managing director Gary James and his wife Donna attended the ceremony last week after the firm, which specialises in providing electrical metals and components to the power industry, won in the innovation category. Mr James said: “We are obviously thrilled to receive the Queen’s Award as an internationally recognised accreditation of business excellence that has boundless visibility. Apart from the honour and kudos, we feel it presents us with a fantastic catalyst to take our product to an even wider audience.”
Turner & Townsend’s chairman Tim Wray and UK managing director Bill Woolgar also attended the event after winning an award for the second time since 2003.
The firm’s Birmingham office has been key to this success, where the organisation currently acts as programme director for the £550 million Birmingham New Street redevelopment.
Bruce McAra, managing director based in Turner & Townsend’s Birmingham office, said: “Turner & Townsend has grown its reputation by understanding our clients’ needs and aspirations by working with their staff, in their offices and in the heart of their local communities.
“Birmingham has played an active role in the organisation’s international expansion, contributing skilled staff and promoting its key service models.”