Winners of the Queens Award for Enterprise

Find out why businesses have been awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise for 2020.

The winners for 2020 are:


Adnams Plc

Sustainable Development category

Winners in this category demonstrate commercially successful sustainable development practices.

Adnams plc is a medium-sized regional brewer founded in 1872 in Southwold, Suffolk. It employs almost 600 staff, and demonstrates exemplary and innovative performance, leading the industry in many sustainable development areas. It supplies everything from small independent cafes to multi-national supermarkets and large pub chains, operates 13 shops, nine managed inns and a tenanted estate of 38 pubs.

In 2005 and 2012 Adnams was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development and it has won many other awards. It has an excellent track record of positive impacts ranging from beach clean-ups, to an environmentally-friendly distribution depot. It spreads the mes- sage to the wider brewing industry and shows a clear commitment to continued learning and development to deliver strategic aims.

The company is awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development because it has demonstrated a major and sustained commitment to all parts of sustainable development including close involvement in the local community. Visit adnams.co.uk for find out more about Adnams.


PCE Group Limited

International Trade category

Winners have demonstrated that their business has achieved substantial growth in overseas earning and in commercial success (for their business size and sector) through either outstanding achievement over 3 years or continuous achievement over 6 years.

Established in 2014 in Beccles, Suffolk, PCE GROUP is a major designer and manufacturer of automatic solutions servicing a wide range of sectors, including Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Industrial Automation, Build to Print, Ocular and Medical/Pharmaceutical.

Originally founded in 1961 as a luxury day cruiser builder, they pivoted to become a manufacturer of packaging machinery in 1981. Today they combine complementary technologies such as Robotics, Vision Inspection and Additive Manufacture; possessing complete in house skills and capabilities to build state of the art turn- key automation systems within the Ocular and Medical Sectors; as well as product fulfilment systems within industrial manufacturing.

Their customers are across the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Central and South America. Their new markets recently established include Hungary, Costa Rica, and the USA and overseas sales have grown by 2,061% and the percentage exported has risen from 3.5% to 36%. The company wins the Queen's Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years.
Visit pce-group.co.uk to find out more about PCE Group Limited.


Pipeshield International Limited

International Trade category

Winners have demonstrated that their business has achieved substantial growth in overseas earning and in commercial success (for their business size and sector) through either outstanding achievement over 3 years or continuous achievement over 6 years.

Pipeshield International Ltd was founded in 1999 and manufactures in Montrose, Blyth, headquartered in Lowestoft. The company won a Queen's Award for International Trade in 2013.

It provides solutions to offshore oil and gas, renew- ables and marine civil industries for the protection, stabilisation and support of subsea assets, such as pipelines, cables and equipment, together with the prevention of scour around subsea structures.

Working with consultants and client engineers at early project stages required forming strategic supply partnerships in its main market, UAE and in Saudi Arabia and SE Asia, with manufacturing in UK together with overseas manufacturing arrangements in Damman KSA , Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrainin UAE, Qatar and SE Asia along with other project specific construction sites Overseas sales have grown by 248% over the three year application period and the proportion of sales exported increased to 71% 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. Visit pipeshield.com to find out more about Pipeshield International Limited.


Ant Group Limited T/A Antistat and Integrity Cleanroom

International Trade category

Winners have demonstrated that their business has achieved substantial growth in overseas earning and in commercial success (for their business size and sector) through either outstanding achievement over 3 years or continuous achievement over 6 years.

The Ant Group, based in Bury St Edmunds, is a specialist supplier of electrostatic discharge and cleanroom con- sumables to the electronics, pharma, biotech, defence and automotive sectors. It also provides global service, sup- ply chain management and procurement outsourcing to manufacturing companies.

The company recognised in 2014 that it would not achieve its growth targets without growing its overseas revenues and established a sound strategy for growth targeting Europe and the USA. It sells both through distributors and its own office.

Substantial overseas growth has been achieved and is anticipated to expand even further, especially in the USA. The Ant Group wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years. Visit antistat.co.uk to find out more about the Ant Group.


Chorus Intelligence Limited

Innovation category

Innovation achievements are assessed for: invention, design or production of goods; performance of services; marketing and distribution; or, after-sale support of goods or services, that have realised outstanding commercial success over 2 years or con- tinuous commercial success over 5 years.

Chorus Intelligence Ltd are an SME based in Suffolk which was formed in 2011. The founder of the company used know-how from sifting large data sets in the financial industry and applied it to law enforcement creating Chorus Analys- er, which is now used by 80% of police forces and all of the counter terrorism units in the UK.

The software tool solves the problem of lengthy manual data cleansing and formatting by automating data processing. It also allows users to spot connections in the data that would otherwise remain hidden. The initial product has been further developed into a suite of tools. The suite includes Investigator, a tool for non expert operational officers to get rapid results from data evidence, Indexer and Plus, products that enable different departments and forces to share data and conduct cross case analysis and collaborate easier.

The company wins the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. Visit chorusintel.com to find out more about Chorus Intelligence Limited.


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