Seventeen companies from across the West Midlands region have today been given a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
The class of 2021 again comes from a broad mix of sectors including tech, manufacturing and healthcare.
The annual awards have been handed out in four categories – international Trade, innovation, promoting opportunity and sustainable development – and allow the recipients to use a Queen’s Awards emblem for five years.
There are a total 205 winners from across the UK as the awards celebrate their 55th year in 2021.
John Crabtree, Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands and the Queen’s representative in the region, said: “This has been an enormously challenging year for businesses and it is great to see enterprise and entrepreneurship, particularly on the international stage, honoured in this way.
“Each company has demonstrated a commitment to long-term and sustainable growth and is a role model to others.
“I hope too that their success will encourage other businesses to consider themselves for the awards.”
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng added: “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.
“I congratulate this year’s winners and I wish every business that applied for an award every success in the future as we build back better from the pandemic.”
The West Midlands recipients of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2021
Reconomy (UK), Telford
Reconomy (UK) has developed a centralised digital commissioning platform that connects waste producers with waste management providers.
Fibex has developed the ‘Trenchlite’ system which is a product designed for the construction industry to improve upon the existing services for laying underground cabling trenches by eradicating the use of concrete in the building process.
3P Innovation, Warwick
3P Innovation designs and manufactures advanced machinery and provides automation services for pharmaceutical, medical and the fast moving consumer goods sectors.
Aviramp designs, manufactures and installs bespoke access ramps throughout the globe, mainly to clients in the aviation sector as well as roads, marine, rail, leisure and hospitality.
Embed was founded from the demise of MG Rover and specialises in electronics and embedded software using model-based development.
GuyKat Solutions, Birmingham
GuyKat Solutions is a professional services agency focusing on corporate learning and development whose products include bespoke e-learning courses and services related to the implementation and use of corporate learning management systems.
KMB Shipping, Dudley
KMB Shipping Group is a worldwide freight forwarding company specialising in sea and air freight, bulk haulage and European and Irish shipping.
LA International Computer Consultants, Stoke on Trent
LA International Computer Consultants is one of the largest specialist IT recruitment companies in the UK, becoming one of only ten Prime Contractors to NATO on the advisory and assistance services framework in 2018.
M Lloyd Engineering, Leominster
M Lloyd Engineering designs and makes excavator mounted screening machinery used in the agricultural, landscaping and construction sectors.
Mirius manufactures and supplies cleaning liquids, powders and tablets for healthcare cleaning and hygiene of the veterinary, human and agri-food industries, producing in excess of one million bottles per week.
Olpro manufactures camping and campervan gear products using the latest technology and materials such as tents, awnings, outdoor furniture, tableware, clothing and accessories.
Payara is a micro-multinational open source software company and is a member of both the Jakarta EE and Eclipse MicroProfile industry standards bodies.
Perinatal Institute, Birmingham
Perinatal Institute is a not-for-profit social enterprise whose mission is to improve the quality and safety of maternity care by researching the causes of adverse outcomes such as stillbirth and morbidity in the perinatal period.
Scanning Pens, Telford
Scanning Pens is a worldwide education technology company providing reading support to students with reading difficulties.
Landau is a charity founded in 1995 and delivers services in partnership with a range of organisations, helping disadvantaged people in areas of high deprivation to fulfil their potential, achieve happy, healthy lives and actively contribute to family and community life.
YMCA North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent
Charity YMCA North Staffordshire runs a youth development campus and a creative minds programme delivering daytime activities such as art, sports and cooking alongside UK and overseas residentials.
Laundry Efficiency, Cannock
Laundry Efficiency has developed a system for commercial laundries which uses ambient temperature water, therefore avoiding water heating, and which kills all bacteria in a cold wash, halves the time to complete a full wash and reduces plastic waste.