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Welsh businesses operating in a broad range of industries, including a designer of butterfly valves, a manufacturer of waxes cheese and a producer of aluminium foil containers for the food processing industry, have been named as winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2021.
The awards are made annually by the Queen and are given for the “highest levels of excellence” demonstrated in categories including international trade, innovation and sustainable development.
Those honoured are able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years.
A total of six businesses from Wales have been recognised among the 205 national recipients.
Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “The past year has been a tough time for many businesses across the UK, which is why it is more important than ever to celebrate the achievements of our wealth creators and recognise the contributions they make to our communities.
“In the last 12 months, British businesses showed the entrepreneurial spirit that this country is renowned for, continuing to drive social mobility, find new markets to export to and produce innovative products and services.”
The most recognised category in the North West is international trade, of which there are five winners.
These include Snowdonia Cheese Company, which manufactures a hand-crafted range of waxed cheeses. Overseas sales have grown more than six-fold in the last six years, with the company selling to more than 25 countries including Canada, Australia, the US, France and Germany.
Also included in the international trade winners is Direct Healthcare Group in Caerphilly. The company – a developer and manufacturer of products that focus on early mobilisation of patients to prevent challenges associated with non-movement – has grown into a global brand and exports to 32 countries internationally.
Over the last six years, overseas sales have grown by 730 per cent, with its leading markets being Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and France.
Graham Ewart, chief executive at Direct Healthcare Group, said: “I am delighted that we have been awarded a second Queen’s Award today for our international trade. In just ten years, we’ve grown from a company with one product, solely focussed on the UK, to one with a portfolio of products and trading in more than 40 countries across the globe.”
Other businesses to secure the award were Quay Pharmaceuticals, Coppice Alupack and Tomoe Valve.
The sixth Welsh company to be recognised is Cenin Holdings for sustainable development.
Based in Mid-Glamorgan, the business aims to develop sustainable low-carbon enterprises. It secured its Queen’s Award because it has demonstrated “outstanding positive impacts across a number of initiatives” such as renewable energy and low carbon product manufacture, and has a business model that “truly embeds environmental and economic sustainability”.