Queen’s Awards 2021: Every manufacturing and engineering winner

Posted on 29 Apr 2021 by The Manufacturer

Manufacturing and engineering businesses have always featured prominently in the annual Queen’s Awards and this year’s list is no exception.

Now in their 55th year, the Queen’s Awards are considered the highest accolade bestowed upon a British business (outside of The Manufacturer MX Awards, naturally) and showcase excellence in the areas of international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility.

With industrial business across the nation working in a post-Brexit UK, the long list of Queen’s Awards winners further demonstrates the vital role our sector plays to the economy.

This page is a showcase of every UK-based manufacturing or engineering recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2021.

In an effort to keep this frequently updated page as clear and concise as possible, only top-level information has been provided. Where possible, more specific details and quotes will by hyperlinked. 

This list is live and being added to each hour so if your story should be included, let us know via [email protected] 

In alphabetical order by company name with award category:


Located in Bollington, Aerofoil Energy is an innovative, award-winning technology company focused on improving energy and temperature performance in retail refrigeration.

AESSEAL – Innovation

AESSEAL-QueensAwards2021AESSEAL®, a mechanical seal manufacturer with its Head Office in Rotherham, has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category for a specialised mixer seal of the type required in vaccine manufacture and other complex industrial operations.

This is the 12th Queen’s Award received by AESSEAL plc and the 14th for the AES Engineering Ltd. Group.

ANACARDA LTD – Innovation

Based in Wigan, anacarda specialises in using cashew nut shell liquid to design, develop and manufacture phenalkamine curing agents for epoxy resins.

BARRNON LTD – Innovation

Based in Appleby, Barrnon is  a specialist engineering company providing turnkey solutions to address some of the world’s most challenging environmental threats. It specialises in robotic engineering solutions for harsh environments – including the decommissioning of some of the most prominent historic nuclear facilities.

ANTECH – International Trade

AnTech's Directional Coiled Tubing Drilling Service, on location in Texas, USA
AnTech’s Directional Coiled Tubing Drilling Service, on location in Texas, USA

An Exeter-based company with over 25 years in oilfield innovation. AnTech design and manufacturer products for the upstream oil and gas industry. The company has its headquarters in Exeter and a presence in Texas and Saudi Arabia.

AnTech design, manufacture and test all of their products in-house, spanning all areas of mechanical, electrical and software design engineering.

BIOSURE (UK) LTD – Innovation

BioSure (UK) Ltd develop, manufacture, source and distribute rapid tests. The company specialise in providing solutions utilising rapid Point of Care Tests (POCT).

COBALT AEROSPACE LTD – Innovation & International Trade

Based in Norwich, Cobalt develops creative solutions and practical products for commercial aircraft. All Cobalt Aerospace products are designed and manufactured in-house.

COBRA BRAIDING MACHINE – International Trade

Cobra Braiding received the award in the international trade category as export accounts for 95% of their sales. The company, based in Congleton, Cheshire, has been manufacturing wire braiding machines for 40 years.

CRYSTAL DOORS – Sustainable Development

Rochdale based manufacturer Crystal Doors manufactures vinyl-wrapped doors and components for kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms, employing 34 local people.

Richard Hagan, MD, Crystal Doors was previously a Manufacturer TOP100 winner.

Pictured Richard Hagan, Managing Director, Crystal Doors

D-LINE (EUROPE) LTD – Innovation

Based in North Shields, D-Line (Europe) Limited is company specialising in the design and manufacture of Cable Management solutions


Based in Guildford, Hallmarq designs, manufactures, installs, trains, supports and services MRI systems specifically designed for the veterinary industry.


Pictured left to right: Debra Burrows (William Burrow’s wife), Patricia Burrows (Founder of HSL) and William Burrows (Chairman and Owner of HSL) in front of HSL headquarters in Batley.

West Yorkshire-based UK furniture manufacturer and retailer HSL has started the year in royal fashion after being honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation.

The family-run business which has more than 50 years’ experience hand-crafting chairs, sofas and beds in West Yorkshire is one of 205 organisations nationally to be recognised with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.


MAKEVALE – Innovation

Headquartered in Ware, Hertfordshire, Makevale Group has two manufacturing sites in the UK. The award has been given for Makevale’s development of special acrylic polymers which are used in the repair of bones, among other uses.

Pictured Dr Samit Ahir, CEO, Makevale

MASTERMOVER – International Trade

Pictured left to right: Andy Owen, Beth Threlfall, Matthew Hemsley, Laura Archer, Simon Keeley and James Jones

M-Mover Holdings Limited started trading in 2009 and is based in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Trading as MasterMover, the company is a global leader in the design and manufacture of compact, powerful, battery-operated tugs that allow customers to safely move wheeled loads ranging in weight from 50 kg to more than 100,000 kg.

MasterMover received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2021, recognised for outstanding continuous growth in overseas sales over the past six years.

NAYLOR CLAYWARE – International Trade

Edward Naylor, Chief Executive of Naylor Industries PLC

Pipe manufacturer Naylor Clayware has been honoured with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category for its high-performance products which are used in demanding applications around the world.

Naylor Clayware is a division of Naylor Industries plc, a fourth generation family business based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Clay pipe production is an activity which has been associated with the Naylor Group since its foundation in 1890, but as the needs of the construction industry have evolved, so too has the Naylor product offering. The development of high-performance clay pipe systems for trenchless installation and handling hot or corrosive effluents has led to areas of world-leading technical expertise.

ONYX INSIGHT – Innovation & International Trade

ONYX InSight, a leading provider of predictive data analytics and engineering expertise to the global wind industry, has won two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise – the highest official UK awards for British companies – in the categories of Innovation and International Trade.

Only five businesses received two awards in 2021, with ONYX InSight the only renewable energy business to win double honours.

PAC GROUP – Innovation

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Darren Leslie, Business Development Director of PAC Group, and Northern Ireland Economy Minister, Diane Dodds.

Belfast-based Pac Group has been named as a winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.

The engineering company received the award in recognition of the outstanding innovation and commercial success of their carbon composite Hot Drape Former technology and machines, which are used to manufacture components for the aerospace, automotive, and marine sectors.

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