Regions fly high as companies celebrate Queen’s Awards

Queens Awards

Companies from across the region are celebrating receiving Queen’s Awards for Enterprise across Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development and more recently added award: Promoting Opportunity through social mobility

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards for UK business.

The scheme was instituted by Royal Warrant in 1965 and the first Awards were made in 1966. This year, 220 businesses from across the UK have been recognised across the four categories.

The following companies from across the region received Awards for Innovation.

Innovation achievements are assessed for: invention, design or production of goods; performance of services; marketing and distribution; or, after-sale support of goods or services, that have realised outstanding commercial success over 2 years or continuous commercial success over 5 years.

Ticketer Hungerford. Registered as Corvia Ltd, Ticketer is an SME based in Berkshire which has been operating since 2009. The company has designed and developed electronic ticket machines which work in conjunction with a cloud-based back office, that is operable by every bus operator irrespective of size.

ICEOxford Ltd, Witney, was founded in 2004 to design and manufacture specialist ultra-low temperature equipment for the cryogenic research community.

Solid State Logic UK Ltd, Oxford, invents, designs and manufactures technology for the creative manipulation of sound. The company uses off the shelf hardware combined with their own control technology and audio signal processing software.

Xtrac Ltd, Thatcham, Berkshire has designed and developed an Integrated Lightweight Electric Vehicle (ILEV) range of gearboxes targeting the growing single-speed electric vehicle (EV) market, serving, in particular, the high-performance automotive sector.

Gloucester based Tomcat SNI Ltd started in 2001 and produces a lightweight, transportable tricycle, accessible by adults with wide ranging mobility or disability issues. The Bullet tricycle is designed for adult users with mild to severe mobility or disability problems

3P Innovation Ltd of Warwick, is a custom automation company formed in 2006 to develop innovative manufacturing machinery and processes. Their application is for the development of Fill2Weight, a patented high-precision gravimetric filling technology for micro-dosing and weight checking pharmaceutical powders.

Leamington Spa based Aeristech Limited was established in 2006 to develop and commercialise a new type of variable speed electric motor. Once developed the motor was applied in the creation of a new high performance centrifugal air compressor.

TruTac Limited, Coventry are specialist analysts of heavy goods vehicle tachograph data. Identifying a market need they moved on to develop innovative software specifically designed for the passenger service vehicle industry to manage drivers’ hours and ensure compliance with regulations.


The following companies from across the region received Awards for International Trade

International Trade Winners have demonstrated that their business has achieved substantial growth in overseas earning and in commercial success through either outstanding achievement over 3 years or continuous achievement over 6 years.


Benchmark Woodworking Ltd, Kintbury, Berkshire was founded by Terence Conran and Sean Sutcliffe with a sustainable approach to design and making sustainable and ethical furniture using traditional craft techniques alongside innovative technology.

Dage Precision Industries, Aylesbury, is a market leading manufacturer of Test and Inspection equipment for the global electronics industries – printed circuit board and semiconductor. The company has grown its overseas sales by more than 50% over the last three years, with profits increasing by almost 150%

David Harber, Didcot, has been making contemporary and innovative sculptures, sundials and water features since 1992 and David Harber Limited was formed in 2000. From a sole focus on sundials, products now encompass over 60 different classic designs, which private, corporate and public body clients can customise.

Hardide plc started trading in 2005, based in Bicester. The company’s patented process creates hard wearing tungsten carbide coatings for engineered components, increasing working life. Its main focus is North America, especially oil and gas tooling and pumps and valves for industrial applications.

International Dance Shoes Limited, Milton Keynes. A family owned manufacturer of Ballroom & Latin American dance footwear, it is also a distributor to different wholesalers throughout the world, whilst selling directly to shops and directly to the dancer.

Origin, High Wycombe, is the UK’s leading manufacturer of bespoke aluminium doors and windows making up the Origin Home Range. It is a family run business that has achieved turnover of over £38 million, with operations in America, Dubai and Europe.

Oxford Summer Courses has grown rapidly since it started in 2010 such that it now delivers its short courses in the UK to over 2,300 students aged between 9 and 24 coming from some 110 countries.

Berwin Industrial Polymers Co Ltd is based in Lydney, Gloucestershire. The company designs and manufactures technically certified rubber compounds for applications in tyres, matting, conveyor belting and many other industrial products.

BG Automotive Ltd, Swindon, is a manufacturer and distributor of automotive aftermarket parts.

DPS Designs Ltd, Forest of Dean, supplied the chocolate industry with high quality moulds. 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.

Cheltenham based Red Savannah is an independent luxury tour company providing a range of experiential and villabased holidays to high net worth individuals. It handles many top names from the worlds of finance, sport, industry, law etc. based in a wide range of countries.

Arrowsmith Engineering Ltd, Coventry, is a specialist in precision turning, milling, thread rolling and grinding, providing components in titanium, nimonics, stainless steel, exotic metal and engineering plastics

Drive System Design is an engineering consultancy that provides solutions to complex engineering challenges relating to power transfer (drivetrains) primarily in the automotive industry.

SafeLane Global Ltd of Ross-on-Wye, started by clearing landmines in postconflict 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.

Stiltz Limited, part of Stiltz Holdings Limited, Kingswinford, makes Homelift, designed for domestic use, enabling homeowners to move between floors in their home without using a stairlift or having a large box-shaped through-floor lift.

Titan Steel Wheels Limited, part of Titan Europe Limited, based near Kidderminster in Worcestershire started trading in 1991. The company has the largest manufacturing site in the world for niche steel wheel production for off road vehicles in construction, material handling, earthmoving and mining.


The following companies from across the region received Awards for Sustainable Development

Keen & Toms Holdings Ltd, trading as Hypnos Beds, is a family-owned business employing 530 people across Princes Risborough and Castle Donington. It is the third largest UK-based bed manufacturer by sales. It has been Carbon Neutral (PAS 2060) since 2011. It was the only company in the region to win an award for Sustainable Development.

Winners in the Sustainable Development category demonstrate commercially successful sustainable development practices.