152 businesses celebrate winning Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Tyrrells Crisps and CommAgility among recipients of UK’s most prestigious business award

Firms of all sizes across the UK have been selected to receive an annual Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the highest business accolade awarded by the government.

The government announced that the standard of entries this year was particularly high, with a quarter of entrants picking up the award. 152 businesses in total were recognised, with 116 being awarded the accolade for success in international trade, 27 for outstanding innovation and nine for ‘Sustainable Development’ – business practices benefitting the environment, society and the economy.

Small and medium-sized firms performed particularly well in this year’s awards, with 14 of the winning entrants employing 10 or under and 133 companies with less than 250.

Tyrrells, the Hertfordshire-based artisan crisp brand, was among the winners of the International Trade Award, which recognises outstanding strategic and commercial success in overseas markets.

Founded in 2002, Tyrrells now sells its crisps in more than 20 overseas markets and international trade makes up 20% of its total turnover, following 70% growth in its overseas business over the past 12 months.

David Milner, CEO of Tyrrells, commented: “Our success internationally proves that our entertaining, English brand character resonates well with a global audience. We’re also rather pleased that our perfectly cooked English crisps have been well received by our friends across the pond in the USA – home to the original potato ‘chip’!

With international trade set to represent almost a quarter of our turnover next year, it’s a strong signal to other enterprising brands to broaden their customer base and explore lucrative opportunities overseas.”

Another recipient of the International Trade Award was Loughborough-based wireless technology firm CommAgility. The company, which designs, manufactures and sells proprietary wireless telecommunications equipment, announced that its export sales grew by 51% between 2010 and 2012, with customers spread over 15 countries including the USA, India and South Korea.

Edward Young, managing director of CommAgility, commented: “This award is recognition of the hard work of all of CommAgility’s staff, and the expert help provided by our partners and distributors around the world.”

Winners of the award are visited by a Royal representative and attend a celebratory reception at Buckingham Palace. They are allowed to use the Queen’s Award emblem in advertising and marketing for a period of five years as a mark of their success.

Business and energy minister, Michael Fallon, said: “The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are one of the most internationally-recognised and sought-after awards that a UK business can achieve. They give companies prestige, an edge overseas and a well-deserved boost. “The Queen’s Awards highlight our strong entrepreneurial streak and the excellent businesses we have up and down the country who are growing, creating jobs, making a valuable contribution to the economy and helping us to compete in the global race. I applaud each and every one of the winners.


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