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Five Westcountry firms celebrate Queen's Award success

By WMNCBarnes  |  Posted: April 21, 2014

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Five Westcountry companies are among the UK businesses to have won Queen’s Awards for Enterprise this year.

The awards reward the growth and enterprise of the companies that achieve them, with winning firms entitled to display the Queen’s Award emblem for five years, as a symbol of their quality and success.

Two Cornwall enterprises and three from Devon are among 14 Queen’s Award winners located across the wider South West and set to attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace later in the year.

Business secretary Vince Cable said: “Companies that are growing, innovating and championing UK business overseas deserve the recognition that these awards bestow.”

Newton Abbot based Centek’s award for Innovation is its third Queen’s Award win in six years.

It won its first, for International Trade in 2008 and its first for innovation in 2009.

Centek is a world leader in designing and manufacturing bow spring centralisers which are used by the oil and gas industries in the drilling process to keep casing centred in holes before they are cemented in place.

The award recognises the design of a new device that enables deep boreholes to be cased and cemented effectively. It is a commercial success that has considerably reduced the enormous costs incurred by clients as a result of repair ‘down-times’ on oil and gas rigs.

Organic childrenswear brand Frugi, based in Helston, has been recognised for its achievements in international trade.

Its ‘continuous and cumulative’ export sales have grown by 600% over six years and seen its staff increase from eight to 33 people.

The company has clients in more than 50 countries, adapting to markets through ‘embracing sales’ in local currencies, employing sales staff with language skills.

Also honoured for its success in international trade is Okehampton-based Elemental Microanalysis.

It manufactures specialised chemicals, glassware and reference materials used by industries in elemental analysis – the process of analysing the make up of materials ranging from soil samples to waste and water.

Established in 1976 and now boasting 31-strong team, the business has seen continuous growth since the recession began, with new business established beyonds its traditional UK, US and European markets in Russia, South Korea, Brazil, UAE and Oman.

Its products are in strong demand as worldwide populations demand improvements in the quality of life, healthcare, food safety and the environment in which they live.

Based in Barnstaple, Aero Stanrew has also won the Queen’s Award for International Trade for its ‘outstanding’ export growth.

The business, which has 174 employees, manufactures electromagnetic and electronic components and systems for specialist sectors including the aerospace industry.

The company’s export earnings have increased by 194% in the last three years, and it has created 40 jobs in this time. New markets during this time include India – which has gone from zero to accounting for 48% of its export business.

Winning its second award in the Sustainable Development category, is the South West Lakes Trust. Based in Launceston and with a staff of 39, it manages 50 inland water sites and has been lauded for green initiatives including a reduction in fossil-fuel usage and use of solar power, as well as its protection of wildlife habitats at its sites.

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