Success of Hereford Queen’s Award event paves the way in Worcestershire

In April, it was announced that three Herefordshire-based companies had been recognised within the prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2019, one of the highest accolades for UK businesses.

The awards are designed to recognise and encourage outstanding achievements in the fields of Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity.

Chamber Members Spectra Group (UK) Limited and Thorlux Lighting were both named as winners after gaining recognition for their exceptional work in their respective categories.

The good news continued with Ledbury-based The Helping Hand Company also being awarded the Queen’s Award for International Trade for its work with commercial partners and local authorities at a national and regional level to support community engagement.

To celebrate the success of the county and to encourage even more businesses to join the illustrious list next year, the Chamber was delighted to host its annual Queen’s Award information evening at St Michael’s Hospice on Wednesday 8 May.

The event welcomed over 30 local businesses to find out more about the application process, providing delegates with the chance to hear from Mike Keel, CEO at St Michael’s Hospice, Major Patrick Darling, the Vice Lord Lieutenant and two previous Queen’s Award winners.

Speaking of the event, Major Patrick Darling commented: “It is a delight to see Herefordshire punching above its weight.  With five winners in the last two years we are certainly showing the rest of Britain what quality, enterprise and innovation exists in Herefordshire. We are well ahead of comparably sized counties.

“There are so many more businesses with the right criteria to win a coveted Queen’s Award and I would encourage them to try. The benefits the awards bring to business both outwardly and inwardly are well worth the effort of applying.”

Following the popularity of the event last year, and due to the success of the event in May, the Chamber was delighted to invite businesses to the Queen’s Award information evening at DRPG, Hartlebury.

Held on Thursday 13 June, guests heard from a selection of high level speakers including; Andrew Grant, Deputy Lieutenant, Dale Parmenter, Managing Director at DPRG, Lord Digby Jones, Chris Vagges, GTech, Jim Weston, The First Class Pet Company, and Paul Robinson, CEO at Worcestershire County Council.

The evenings were designed to take delegates through the process of submission to winning an award, and the positive impact it has had on their businesses.

To find out more information, and to find out if your business is eligible, please visit here.