North East businesses honoured in Queen's Awards for Enterprise

An eight-strong group of North East companies and inspiring individuals have been recognised in the Queen's Awards for Enterprise.

inov-8 founder Wayne Edy
inov-8 founder Wayne Edy

An eight-strong group of North East companies and inspiring individuals have been recognised in the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

Stockton’s Catalytic Technologies, which supplies the food and drinks packaging industry was named a winner in the innovation category, while Northumbrian Water, which has gained continuous royal endorsement for a decade, was once again recognised in the sustainable development category.

Middlesbrough-born accountant Ann Stonehouse, who has inspired women across the region to set up their own firms, will receive a lifelong Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion while awards for international trade will be handed to Durham’s Ikon Geopressure, the Middlesbrough-based Cordex Instruments, both Integrated Display Systems and Thomas Miller Claims Management on Tyneside and inov-8, which is headquartered in Crook, County Durham.

Cambridgeshire-based subsea firm JDR Cables, which has a plant in Hartlepool, was also recognised for helping to boost British exports.

The annual awards are designed to reward growth and enterprise, with 76% of previous winners saying the accolade had added commercial value to their businesses.

This year, 162 firms were recognised, while eight individuals won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, nominated by their peers for their efforts to encourage UK entrepreneurship.

Winners are presented with a crystal bowl and are invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace. They can also use the Queen’s Award emblem in advertising, marketing and on packaging for a period of five years.

inov-8 founder Wayne Edy, whose specialist sports products company has posted 10 successive years of record sales and seen huge growth in markets across the globe, said: “We are delighted to win the most prestigious, internationally-recognised and sought-after award that a UK business can achieve.

“I am so proud of what our team has achieved throughout our first decade in business. This award reflects their hard work and relentless desire to constantly deliver innovative products, which has led to commercial success.

“We are pioneers within the industry and thanks to the distinctive culture we have built, we continue to grow across the globe, seeking out distribution partners with the right profile andthen working closely with them to drive sales.”


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