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Queen's Awards for trio

Ronnie Dungan
Queen's Awards for trio

Focusrite, Orange and Allen & Heath have all picked up Queen's Awards for Enterprise in the International Trade category.

Pro audio mixer manufacturer, Allen & Heath saw its overseas earnings growing by 64 per cent, along with growth in turnover and profit. This is the second time the veteran Cornish manufacturer has won a Queen’s Award, having previously been recognised in 1995 in the same category.

“As a British company, we are thrilled to be recognised by the Queen’s Award Office once again," said MD, Glenn Rogers. "Since Allen & Heath’s inception in 1969, our goal has been to build a premium global brand, and the relationships we have formed with our distribution partners, which now number more than 80 across the globe, are key to our success".

Orange's win is its third in six years. The award was made in recognition of export sales which have risen by 90 per cent since its last award in 2009. It now sells to over 80 countries worldwide.

Managing director, Damon Waller, commented: "We are especially proud to be presented with this Award in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, and we aim to continue doing what we do best, designing, building and creating new innovative products and building the brand."

Cliff Cooper, founder and CEO,  added: “It was always our dream for Orange Amplification to become a truly global company and, with factories in three continents and a worldwide distribution network, to now receive the accolade of the Queens Award for the third time is so very special. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff around the world who with their dedication and enthusiasm have made this possible.

Focusrite's award follows three consecutive years of sustained growth in global business and market share for Focusrite, aided by the opening of offices in the US and Germany over the period. This is the second time Focusrite has received the Award, having collected the prize in the Innovation category in 2008.

Founder and executive chairman, Phil Dudderidge, commented: "This is a great recognition of the outstanding growth of our international business over the past three years -  well over 100 per cent. I would like to acknowledge not only the supreme efforts of our staff in the UK and abroad but also our distribution and retail partners and not least our hundreds of thousands of customers around the world who depend on Focusrite and Novation products in their music."

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