2018 Queen's Award for Enterprise winners announcedPublished: Monday, 23rd April 2018
Three Worcestershire companies have heard this week that they have won the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise.
Innovation award - Metrasens Ltd, Malvern
Metrasens Ltd is a Malvern based company that manufactures ferromagnetic detection systems for MRI safety and security applications. They are holders of the Queen's Award for International Trade 2017 and now add to that with an award for Innovation. The company developed a detection system that can identify tiny fluctuations caused by a ferromagnetic object moving in the earth's ambient magnetic field. The system was developed as the final safety check at the door to an MRI scanner. With their huge magnets, any ferromagnetic material is pulled violently towards such a scanner. The results of which can be dramatic and fatal for anyone caught in the path. If any metal is detected an alarm is sounded and the patient or staff member can be prevented from entering. The system has further been developed to search for mobile phones and small blades being smuggled into prisons improving safety and security and to provide new screening techniques for mental health facility safety and physical data security.
International Trade Award - The First Class Pet Company Ltd, Worcester
The First Class Pet Company started trading in 2010 and focuses on the export of premium quality, UK made pet foods. The brand, Little BigPaw, is a specialist range of wet foods and treats for cats and dogs that is 100% natural and made with British meat in the UK. The company identified a niche in Asia that gave growth opportunities, that were not already exploited by existing brands and avoided import restrictions such as the use of beef. The company currently distributes Little BigPaw in 40 countries. The Far East represents 68% of total turnover with South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore the most significant markets. Overseas sales have grown by 192% over the last three years, with over 90% of turnover exported. The company wins the Queen's Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years.
International Trade - TP3 Global Limited, Redditch
TP3 Global started trading in 2012 and is a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of thermal protection solutions for temperature-sensitive cargo. With operations in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australasia, TP3 Global are strategically positioned to serve customers on a truly global basis. Supplying major pharmaceutical, healthcare, perishable and logistics companies has allowed TP3 Global to build long standing collaborations to continue the development of market leading solutions. A pioneer in materials technology, TP3 Global manufactures a full range of single use and re-usable thermal protection for all modes of transport for small parcels, pallets, air cargo and ocean containers. Overseas sales have grown by 187% over the last three years and the proportion of sales exported has increased to 74% of total sales. The company wins the Queen's Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years.