The winners of the Queen's Awards, the most prestigious honours for business performance in the UK, have been announced.
The number of companies awarded this year was 143, with the majority of them (95) winning the awards for the category International Trade, followed by Innovation and Sustainable Development.
Companies come from many different sectors, from architecture to food and drink, from media to finance. Manufacturers winning the Awards this year include Brompton Bicycle Ltd, Parker domnick hunter (a division of Parker Hannifin, a specialist in motion and control technologies) and Vinten (a Vitec Group brand and provider of camera supports).
Roger Wilson, managing director at Vinten, said: “This outstanding recognition is a fitting tribute to the continuing success of the Vinten brand and its employees as it celebrates its 100th anniversary, an unprecedented achievement in its own right in the film and television industry.”
Parker domnick hunter’s general manager, Derek Turnbull, said: “Our latest success in the Queen’s Awards is perhaps our greatest to date, as it pays testament to the strength of our technical and business development capabilities, while recognising our long term global export strategy and ongoing commitment to manufacturing in the UK.”
Firms receiving the Queen’s Award gain recognition, experience increased motivation in the workforce and receive a visit by a Royal representative during the year.
The awards are made by the Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is assisted by an advisory committee.