Royal honour for innovative business
Queen’s Award for enterprise is presented to city company
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.