Nine Queen’s Awards for Enterprise go to Cheshire Companies

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Cheshire companies are showing their international trading prowess with 8 companies receiving Queen’s for Enterprise in the international trade category.

Her Majesty The Queen has today (23 April 2019) named 201 businesses as among the best in the country in the prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise to celebrate Her Majesty’s 93rd birthday.

The winners include businesses leading the way in a huge range of industries – from construction, agriculture, motoring and software development. This year, three quarters of the total are SMEs, 30 of which have fewer than ten employees. They will join more than 6,000 British businesses in receiving the prestigious honour and will have the privilege of displaying the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise emblem for five years.

The Awards, now in its 53rd year, are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses, with companies from across the UK recognised for their contribution in the four categories.

There are:

  • 129 International Trade winners
  • 61 Innovation winners
  • 6 Sustainable Development winners
  • 5 Promoting Opportunity winners

Business Secretary Greg Clark said:

“These prestigious awards help shine a light on all that is great about UK business today. I am extremely impressed to see such a wealth of talent and innovation from across the UK being recognised today by Her Majesty The Queen.

“These awards recognise the innovative products and services being provided by British businesses that are in demand across the world, as well as the sheer determination and hard work that comes with starting and running a business.

“Many of these winners are small businesses – the backbone of our economy – and we are backing them to grow, increase their productivity and create more jobs and opportunity across the UK through our modern Industrial Strategy.”

The nine awards go to 8 Cheshire companies with one receiving a double award for international trade and for innovation. 

Queen's Award winners DriveWorks

DriveWorks Team

DriveWorks Ltd ( international trade and innovation awards )

DriveWorks Ltd of Cheshire, are a software development company. Their DriveWorks product automates the creation of sales quotes, manufacturing documents and data, including CAD models, drawings and 3D representations online. The software has been developed in-house and is one-of-a-kind in the UK. Used by manufacturing companies globally, the software enables the user to customise and configure products online in 3D, generate quotes, sales information, and manufacturing data. The software allows users to set up configurators, that can be used on any desktop, mobile or   tablet device, and does not require any specialist knowledge or custom-coding. Automation is included so that all manufacturing and production data is created in parallel. The software platform has created additional value for customers and enabled the company to achieve continuous commercial success.


Glen Smith, DriveWorks CEO said:

“We are thrilled to receive these two Queen’s Awards. They are tangible recognition of the vision and passion for technology, that inspires our entire team”

Maria Sarkar, DriveWorks VP said:

“Our collaborative work-spaces and company culture all foster innovation. It’s at the heart of everything we do. Everyone here at DriveWorks is incredibly dedicated to creating great, innovative software for our customers all over the world. Being recognized with two highly coveted Queen’s Awards for Enterprise inspires us to do even more.”

International trade award winners from Cheshire


Queen's Award winners Orbital Education

Orbital Education Leadership Team

Orbital Education Limited: Orbital Education Ltd began trading in 2008 as an operator of British style international schools overseas. The company now has ten schools in seven countries – Russia ,Spain, Hungary, China, Ecuador, Slovenia and Qatar.

Kevin McNeany, chairman of Orbital Education said: 

‘We are honoured to be receiving the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2019. Our company believes that quality, transparency and accountability leads to success for our students, their families and the company. This award is a result of all the hard work from our team of internationally minded educators, and I would like to take the opportunity on behalf of the Board to thank everyone for their dedication and professionalism’

Queen's Awards winners Woodford Engineering

Woodford Engineering staff

Woodford Engineering Consultancy: Woodford Engineering Consultancy (UK) Ltd wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years. Overseas sales grew year on year over three years from £1.1 million to £3.2 million, a rise of 177%.

Commercial Director David Bradshaw said:

“We are honoured to receive this most prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise. It is testament to the value of the skills and expertise of our engineering staff. We are proud to be a part of the UK’s continuing capability in high-value design: a capability which is in demand globally. In particular we thank our European partners and customers whose ongoing recognition of the value of our expertise has made this award possible.”

Queen's Awards

Matt David and Paul

Foilco Limited:  Foilco Ltd was started in August 1987 as a customer service led supplier of hot stamping foils to the print industry in the UK. The company supplies gold, silver, metallic and holographic hot stamping foils to the printing industry and is based in Lowton St Mary’s, Warrington. Its foil can be seen on many products such as Burberry aftershave, Chivas Regal whisky, Aquafresh toothpaste, GQ magazine & Harrods Christmas gift range.

Paul Hornby, Managing Director of Foilco said:

 “We were recommended to enter for this award by the Department for International Trade due to the great strides we have made into exporting to new international markets in recent years.

This award is a tribute to the hard work every member of the Foilco team put in to ensuring we give our customers the best possible products matched with an unrivalled level of service. Foilco will be shouting proudly about this amazing achievement and using it as a tool to help us expand even further into international markets.”

Interact: Interact’, is a global enterprise software company. Headquartered in Altrincham, Cheshire they also have an office in New York with the users of their software spread across the globe. Their main product, called Interact, is a configurable, out-of-the-box intranet platform.

Interact CEO Simon Dance said:

“This achievement is a testament to all the hard work and commitment shown by our team and marks our commitment to growing Interact both here in the UK and worldwide,” 

“Our mission is to inform and connect every organisation’s greatest asset: its people. In today’s global economy, this is more important than ever. By combining innovative technology and a deep understanding of the common challenges facing international organisations, Interact has gone from strength to strength.

“We are thrilled to receive this esteemed award and extremely grateful to our staff and customers for being a part of this incredible journey. It’s a real honour for Interact.”   

2M Group Limited (trading as 2M Holdings): 2M Group Ltd. is a Runcorn based portfolio of companies founded in 2002 supplying speciality chemicals, industrial gases and associated services to customers in over 90 countries, across a wide range of sectors. Export sales overall have significantly increased as a proportion of total sales and doubled in value over the last three years.

Mottie Kessler MBE Chairman and CEO said:

“The Chemical industry is essential in connecting the building blocks of everyday life.  Britain is and island with a rich history of trading across the world. We hope to continue our international business, more and further, to deliver the essential building blocs of everyday life for hundreds of business worldwide.”

PortSwigger Web Security: PortSwigger Ltd is based in Knutsford Cheshire and was founded by Dafydd Stuttard becoming incorporated in 2008. It develops software testing tools that expose weaknesses in web applications.

Combined Chemical Services (UK) Ltd: Located in Appleton Warrington, Combined Chemical Services (UK) Ltd was established in 2008 and is a global supplier of speciality chemical raw materials and formulated products. It offers customers a high quality of products and services on a bespoke basis.

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