Five Triumphant Queen’s Award Winners for Worcestershire

Worcestershire Winners Announced in the 2022 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

The winners of this year’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise were announced on the Queen’s Birthday, 21st April. The high-profile awards honour businesses that have demonstrated excellence in the fields of international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting social mobility. In this, the Platinum Jubilee year, five Worcestershire businesses have been awarded the accolade out of a total of 232 businesses nationally.

Since they were first created by Royal Warrant in 1965, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise have become the most prestigious form of recognition a British company can receive and are designed to acknowledge and encourage outstanding achievements demonstrated by UK businesses.

Celebrating notable performances from a diverse field of industry sectors, winners share a combination of integrity, passion and excellence in their field. This year’s recipients illustrate this mix perfectly and demonstrate that a successful business can be large or small, established or fledgling.

Creative Communications Agency, DRPG, have been awarded a Queen’s Award for sustainable development, one of only 31 businesses nationally, and the first time a media agency has achieved the Queen’s Award for sustainable development. The Hartlebury based agency are proud to have been recognised for their investment in developing positive strategies to encourage new ways of doing business to reduce environmental impact.

DRPG CEO, Dale Parmenter comments;
“Winning the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development has already reaped benefits, after three attempts to finally be recognised this has firstly made the team so proud of our achievement and secondly from our clients and our industry, the response has been incredible, although we have many different sustainability accreditations, the Queen’s Award is the one which stands out and people get excited about globally.”

The category of international trade saw two Worcestershire businesses awarded. Firstly, Excool Limited based in Bromsgrove provide unique and energy efficient cooling solutions for some of the largest data centre providers worldwide.

Duncan Williams CEO of Excool, comments;
“To achieve this so valued award is a tribute to all at Excool who over the years have worked at the very height of their abilities and a recognition to all on the outstanding achievements within all our teams, everyone at Excool has contributed.”

Also winning the award for international trade, were Pershore’s Pharma Packaging Systems. Specialising in cost effective and sustainable solutions for the pharmaceutical industry, Pharma Packaging use technology to produce standard and bespoke packaging that is responsive to industry innovations and regulations.

Andrew Kennedy, Director of Pharma Packaging Systems Ltd, comments;
“We are absolutely delighted to receive the Queens Award for Enterprise, to win an award so integral to what we do is an incredible achievement for our business. Exports have been a major part of our sales since the business inception and so the Queen’s Award for International Trade really is special. This award is also recognition of the hard work of our dedicated team who contribute every day to our innovative solutions. Their determination to provide the most high-tech and reliable solutions has been key to us satisfying our customer requirements worldwide and as such our export success over past 20 years.”

Broadway’s Little Soap Company were one of two Worcestershire based businesses to be awarded a Queen’s Award for innovation. This award recognised the resilience and dedication the company has shown towards ongoing innovation to produce plastic-free products offering countless benefits to both the skin and the planet.

Founder of The Little Soap Company, Emma Heathcote-James comments;
“It’s wonderful for the team to be acknowledged in this way. There is still so much to do. We have always been mindful of our social and environmental impact as a business. This achievement has made all the hard work worth it and is a constant mission for the team to better ourselves year on year.”

Alongside them, Bromsgrove based Proteus Instruments were awarded for their innovation. The company use the latest technology to deliver a state-of-the-art water monitoring system providing instant and accurate results.

Rob Stevens, Managing Director of Proteus comments;
“The team at Proteus Instruments are honoured to win the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in Innovation. The entire team at RS Hydro and Proteus Instruments are passionate about what they do. The award can help in raising awareness of important issues in helping to monitor our rivers and bathing waters. Only 14% of our rivers meet good ecological status; so, by promoting this awareness and combining it with this innovation, we will not only be able to monitor the water quality of our water resources more effectively, but we will also be able to manage them, not just in the UK but globally.”

The Queen’s representative, the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Lt Col Patrick Holcroft LVO OBE, will be visiting the five winning Worcestershire businesses to formally present their award along with an invitation to Buckingham Palace to attend a royal reception later this year.

Louise Hewett, Deputy Lieutenant of Worcestershire, who heads up the Queens Awards team in Worcestershire comments;
“To achieve five 2022 Queen’s Awards winners in our county is excellent and reflects the diverse and outstanding quality of businesses that continue to emerge and grow in Worcestershire. Huge congratulations to all the winners of the most prestigious business award in the UK.”

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