Congratulations to all the Hertfordshire businesses that have won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2021. The Queen’s Awards celebrate exemplary businesses across the UK and their achievements in the fields of Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development, and Promoting Opportunity.
Of the total 205 winners, nine outstanding Hertfordshire businesses have been honoured with awards, including four for Innovation and five for International Trade.
Among those recognised are regulatory consultancy DLRC, whose founder Dianne Lee is a member of the Hertfordshire LEP Board; and digital imaging technology specialist FFEI, whose CEO Andy Cook was a former Hertfordshire LEP Business Envoy and member of the Skills & Employment Board. Hertfordshire winners also include Makevale, Silixia, Detectortesters, iTrinegy, London Examination Board, and Premier Ship Models (pictured).
Meet the Hertfordshire winners below. The full list of winners is available from the London Gazette’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2021 Supplement.
Awards for Innovation
FFEI Ltd, Hemel Hempstead
Specialism: innovative digital pathology imaging technology, creating ultra-high resolution, colour calibrated digital images of human tissue.
Andy Cook, CEO of FFEI, said: “I am really proud of the success our team has achieved with this innovative technology and very honoured to have been recognised with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Applying our digital imaging technology in the field of digital pathology brings benefits to many people’s lives and with the application of new AI software, is helping to push the boundaries of what’s currently possible.”
Forensic Analytics Ltd, Letchworth Garden City
Specialism: a data exploitation tool, revolutionising aspects of digital forensics to solve more crime and save lives.
The company commented: "Criminals are continuously innovating, and therefore, so too must we. Receiving the Queen’s Award is a badge of honour that we wear with pride. It’s affirmation of what the company does and a recognition of what we have achieved. It’s also a confirmation of the importance of digital forensics when tackling a criminal world where over 90% of all crime now has a digital component."
Makevale Ltd, Ware
Specialism: a unique acrylic powder for use in advanced orthopaedic bone cement formulations offering superior performance.
Dr Samit V. Ahir, CEO of Makevale, said: "The Award, bestowed by the Queen, honours Dr Val’s legacy and acknowledges the incredible ongoing innovation of the global Makevale team. His constant push to try something new continues to fervently inform our values today. Winning the award back in 2010 and now again in 2021 demonstrates our sustained commitment to research and development."
Silixa Ltd, Elstree
Specialism: an innovative engineered fibre optic sensing system with unmatched sensitivity, enabling novel applications.
Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Founder and Executive Director of Silixa, said: “This is an exciting time for our company, and we are delighted to have received this internationally recognised prestigious award which is a reflection of a great Silixa team effort across all our international operating centres.”
Awards for International Trade
Detectortesters (No Climb Products Ltd), Welham Green
Specialism: the design and manufacture of fire detector test equipment.
Robert Campbell, Managing Director of Detectortesters, said: "It’s a tremendous feeling for the company to have been honoured in this way; to have now received such recognition three times is extremely special. Winning our first award was a great achievement the second, and now third, award proves our commitment to what we do and acknowledges the efforts of everyone involved in the business."
DLRC Ltd, Letchworth Garden City
Specialism: the provision of regulatory affairs consultancy services to pharma, biotech, and advanced therapies companies throughout the product lifecycle.
iTrinegy Ltd, Stevenage
Specialism: a Network Emulator solution that realistically mimics real-world network environments.
Graham Wood, Director of iTrinegy, said: “Although iTrinegy has been widely recognised for our technical achievements and is the proud recipient of many awards over the years, we are a business and can only be successful if our technology is valued by our customers resulting in sales growth. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2021 is a fantastic endorsement for iTrinegy as a successful business as well as a great technology company.”
London Examinations Board Limited, Waltham Cross
Specialism: the delivery and offering of certificated academic, executive diplomas and degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Premier Ship Models Ltd, Potters Bar
Specialism: the manufacturing of model ships for the corporate, private sector and consumer markets.
Rashid Lalloo, CEO of Premier Ship Models (pictured), said: “The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is truly a coveted award for any business to win, and to be recognised for our contribution to international trade reflects the global appetite for our products. It is a real honour for us and gives a fresh impetus for our business."
Learn more about the awards
Hertfordshire LEP has partnered with Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce to launch the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2022 within the county. We invite local businesses to join us on Tuesday 11th May, 11am - 12pm, to learn more about the prestigious awards and hear from past winners.
Mark Bretton, Chair of Hertfordshire LEP and The LEP Network, will join HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Robert Voss CBE, CStJ. for the launch.
Also hear from the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Office on the application process, and Hertfordshire winners, Bamboo Distribution (Waltham Cross), Buddi (Rickmansworth) and Innovative Trials (Letchworth Garden City), on the significant impact the awards have had and benefits to their organisations.