Outstanding growth and innovation win companies coveted Queen’s Awards
Sought after Queen’s Awards for business have gone to four Gloucestershire companies – with three recognised for “outstanding growth”.
The prestigious annual awards, which allow winners to use the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Royal crest logo, are awarded nationally.
Accolades are given for innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity.
In the innovation category Tomcat SNI Ltd was recognised for its developments of its lightweight, transportable tricycle, accessible by adults with wide ranging mobility or disability issues – called The Bullet.
The bike is designed for adult users with mild to severe mobility or disability problems and represents a move away from the company’s expertise in children’s special needs tricycles.
Bob Griffin, managing director of Gloucester Business Park-based Tomcat, said: “My team are very proud to have won this new Queen’s Award for innovation, because not only will it encourage the non-disabled community to adopt a heathier, greener form of transport, it will also help bring an understanding of what is personally achievable to the disabled adult community – an ever-growing section of society that is so often ignored.
“The Bullet has created a new technology for those who may have thought their cycling days were over, but for many, it may be just beginning.
“An essential part of everything we design is about style, because feeling good about yourself and what you are doing is important to us all. What could lift your spirits or make you feel prouder to be cycling, than to ride the UK’s highways and byways on a Queens Award winning tricycle.”
It is the firm’s second Queen’s Awards. It also won the innovation accolade back in 2013.
Awards for International Trade went to Forest of Dean firms DPS Designs Ltd Based in Coleford and Berwin Industrial Polymers Co Ltd in Lydney, Gloucestershire as well as Cheltenham-based independent luxury tour company Red Savannah Ltd.
DPS Designs Ltd was founded in 1995 to supply the chocolate industry with high quality moulds and won its award for out-standing short-term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years.
“Having previously operated a chocolate manufacturing business where the margins were tight and the competition fierce, the company decided to move one step down in the supply chain and start pitching to previous competitors and now operates as a designer and manufacturer of chocolate moulds,” said the literature from the Queen’s Awards.
“Overseas earnings have grown by 140 per cent over the last three years, and now make up 22 per cent of all sales.
“Its main markets are Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, and France. It works hard to maintain its reputation for creativity in design, and understanding of the processes involved in making chocolate, technical innovation and market knowledge.”
Berwin Industrial Polymers Co Ltd, part of Hexpol AB, was established in 1957, and designs and manufactures technically certified rubber compounds for applications in tyres, matting, conveyor belting and many other industrial products.
It won the Queen’s Award for International Trade for “outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales over the last three years”.
“The markets for the Berwin products are not widely spread and, therefore, must be more targeted from intelligence or from blanket marketing approaches.
“Products are sold into UK and some selected markets in the USA and Middle East with key export markets in France, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Poland.
“Overseas sales have grown by 102 per cent over the three-year ap-plication period and the proportion of sales exported has increased to 28 per cent of total sales.”
Cheltenham-based Red Savannah is “an independent luxury tour company providing a range of experiential and villa-based holidays to high net worth individuals”.
According to the Queen’s Awards judges “it handles many top names from the worlds of finance, sport, industry, law based in a wide range of countries.
“The company has developed a highly effective strategy to market itself to this sector primarily in the UK and USA.
“Its high-quality products and effective multi-channel marketing have helped to grow the company’s overseas sales, which are all dealt with in the UK, by over 250 per cent in the last six years.
“Red Savannah Ltd. wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade for Outstanding Continuous Growth in overseas sales over the last six years.
“SafeLane Global Ltd of Ross-on-Wye, started by clearing landmines in post-conflict countries across Africa.
“An expert in the clearance of landmines, improvised explosive devices and explosive remnants of war; it detects weapons and narcotics; protecting people and companies and enabling the delivery of humanitarian aid.”