‘We are proud to win such a prestigious award’
among the winners after developing a worldwide hit with its unique barrier product.
Director James Smith said: “We began as manufacturers of shrink wrap in 1984, before developing extrusion skills that allowed us to move on to producing cores and plastic pallets.
“One of those pallets was stood on its side in the office one day, and we realised it looked like a fence. Fences turned in to safety barriers, and that’s where our success story began.”
“We’re absolutely elated to be chosen as a winner of the UK’s highest accolade for business success, and thrilled to be recognised as one of the best firms in the country for international trade. “
Eric Binns, who has supported over 600 business start-ups in Calderdale, has worked as Calderdale Council’s Business Enterprise Officer since 2009.
He has been involved in business support for 10 years, starting out with Business Link and the Mid-Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce. Eric has also worked as a volunteer business mentor with Business Link and Yorkshire Agricultural Society.
He will receive his award on July 14 at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills headquarters in Westminster.
Mr Binns said: “It is a great honour to receive this prestig- ious award.
“I am very grateful for the recognition for the role that I have played in new business support and promotion during the past 10 years.
“It is a privilege and very rewarding personally to be in a position to be able to contribute to the growth of our local business community and particularly gratifyingly so within my home town.”
Elland-based travel agent Alison Jackson, who runs her own home-based travel business as part of leading independent travel company Travel Counsellors, is also celebrating after the company was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
The company has one of the highest scores in the world for customer loyalty and received the award having successfully brought its unique business model to overseas markets.
Alison said: “I am thrilled the company has received this fantastic accolade.”
All the winners will attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace.