Two West Norfolk companies are celebrating the news that they have won the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.
Lynn’s PCL Ceramics gained the award after increasing overseas earnings by 180 per cent in three years.
And Swaffham-based STG Aerospace, which makes strip lighting for the aviation industry, has also gained the award for its increase in export sales by 47 per cent over the past three years.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is the most prestigious accolade for businesses and individuals in the UK and are announced on the Queen’s birthday, April 21.
PCL Ceramics, part of the KL Technologies group, is the market leader in supplying casting systems for the global ceramics industry, and sells machinery and moulds to 30 countries worldwide.
The award is good news for PCL’s 32 staff, with continued expansion leading to the creation of a further four posts.
Managing director Mark Butler said the award would help boost the company’s image, particularly in crucial overseas markets.
“This award is recognition that the business is doing extremely well, maturing, growing and developing,” he added.
“We started as quite a small company in 2003, and as you grow then customers look at things like reputation and credibility.
“The Queen’s Award is a highly recognisable stamp of quality and will help to crystallise our brand to new and existing customers worldwide. I would like to thank all of our staff for their hard work and dedication that went into winning this most prestigious award.”
PCL Ceramics, based at Estuary Road, was formed in 2003 following a management buyout, and now operates across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and Australia, manufacturing high pressure casting equipment and micro porous resin moulds, often to bespoke specifications.
In 2013, the company won a record £5.45 million contract to supply hi-tech manufacturing equipment to the United States, and in the past three years has sold to major new customers in Algeria, Mexico, Thailand and Russia, with help from UK Trade and Investment in identifying new opportunities.
Established in 1995, STG Aerospace leads the field in the development, design and manufacture of innovative aircraft cabin lighting solutions. This latest accolade – one of the most coveted by British businesses - has been awarded to STG Aerospace for its pioneering aerospace emergency lighting system safTglo® which has become the undisputed market-leading photoluminescent floorpath marking system. safTglo® is now installed on over 9,000 aircraft worldwide across 300 airlines worldwide.
Nigel Duncan, CEO for STG Aerospace, who will collect the award at a special reception at Buckingham Palace, said: “We are delighted to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. This award recognises the hard work and dedication of the entire STG Aerospace team and our shared vision to be at the forefront of innovation in aerospace interior lighting. Winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for a fourth time further reinforces this for us. It’s been an exciting few years for STG Aerospace and we are committed to continuing our development of pioneering aviation technologies and working closely with the industry to meet their needs, and those of their passengers.”