Royal hon­our for in­no­va­tive busi­ness

Queen’s Award for en­ter­prise is pre­sented to city com­pany

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Business - By Paul Grin­nell paul.grin­ Twit­ter: @PTPaulGrin­nell

A royal cel­e­bra­tion was held at an in­no­va­tive Peter­bor­ough com­pany as it was pre­sented with a cov­eted Queen’s Award. Lord Lieu­tenant of Cam­bridgeshire Sir Hugh Du­berly was the guest of hon­our at Pho­to­cen­tric, of Cam­bridge House, Oxney Road, to present the award for en­ter­prise on be­half of the Queen.

After­wards, the 53 mem­bers of staff shared a cel­e­bra­tion cake adorned with the Queen’s Award logo and a glass of cham­pagne.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Paul Holt said: “The pre­sen­ta­tion was a lovely oc­ca­sion for the com­pany and a chance to stop and ap­pre­ci­ate the com­pany’s achieve­ments.”

Pho­to­cen­tric was recog­nised with the Queen’s Award for En­ter­prise 2016: In­no­va­tion for its in­ven­tion of pack­ag­ing photo poly­mer resin in easy to use sa­chets for mak­ing print­ing plates quickly.

Mr Holt said: “Af­ter be­ing shown the pro­duc­tion area and see­ing our new 3D de­vel­op­ment area, Sir Hugh com­mented that Pho­to­cen­tric could very well win again in fu­ture, for its in­no­va­tive 3D print­ers us­ing LCD screens as a light source to harden resin, as well as its com­mit­ment to ex­port, with over 70 per cent of sales go­ing to ex­port.”

The photo poly­mer man­u­fac­turer be­gan by cre­at­ing im­age pac - an easy way to make stamps and print­ing plates with photo poly­mer, to be­ing the first to use un­mod­i­fied LCD screens and day­light cur­ing photo poly­mer to pro­duce af­ford­able 3D print­ers.

Mr Holt added: “It was an ex­pe­ri­ence every­one felt part of. Cus­tomers have been ex­cited for us and all in all it has been a very pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence.”

HON­OUR: From left, Amanda Keat­ing, pro­duc­tion di­rec­tor, Paul Holt, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Agustin So­ri­ano, mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor, Sir Hugh Du­berly and Sally Tip­ping, sales di­rec­tor with the Queen’s Award.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Paul Holt re­ceives the Queen’s Award from Sir Hugh Du­berly.

DE­TAIL: Ar­turs Gribs in Pho­to­cen­tric’s 3D de­vel­opemnt area.

AC­TIV­ITY: Staff carry out pack­ag­ing work in the fac­tory.

SLICE: Amanda Keat­ing, pro­duc­tion di­rec­tor, cuts the cel­e­bra­tion cake.

HI-TECH: Pavel Krol with a scan­ner in the Pho­to­cen­tric fac­tory.

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