Two Stroud companies win Queen’s Awards for international trade

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The winners of the 2022 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise were announced yesterday, including two companies from Stroud.

This year, 232 companies representing all parts of the UK and a range of sectors were recognized by Her Majesty The Queen on her birthday as some of the best in the country.

Awards were won in the categories International Trade (141 winners), Innovation (51), Sustainable Development (31) and Promoting Opportunities (9).

South Woodchester-based Christie International and engineering firm LB Bentley received awards for international trade.

Founded in 2002, Christie International offers a comprehensive export management service for UK food and non-food SMEs that do not have a dedicated export department.

In the three years to November 2020, its overseas sales increased by 65% ​​and all sales in overseas markets increased by an average of almost 30% per year. In 2020, sales were made in more than 30 countries, including the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, the United States, Malaysia, Turkey and Liberia.

The company wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade for outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales over the past three years.

LB Bentley is part of the Severn Group, a family of engineering and manufacturing companies specializing in the energy and industrial market.

The award would recognize the manufacturer’s three-year trajectory of continued overseas sales growth between 2018 and 2020, with significant growth in international trade.

LB Bentleys said its strategic growth has been driven by its heritage principles of designing and manufacturing highly engineered products for deployment in extreme environments. She says her commitment to innovation, along with her ability to listen to industry needs and customer demands, has spurred the company’s development and available growth potential.

Thanks to the dedication of its 120 employees at its Kingfisher Business Park base, LB Bentley said it was able to continue to grow even in the face of adversity from the global pandemic.

“The past few years have been extremely challenging globally with demands not only facing us, but also our customers and suppliers,” said Rhys Jones, Division President at LB Bentley.

“The LB Bentley team have risen to this challenge, with their dedication to delivering high quality products and a clear focus on customer service, they have resulted in significant growth and success. I am proud to be part of this British company engineering and manufacturing that delivers truly world-class products.”

Paul Scully, Minister for Small Business said: “This country is renowned for its entrepreneurial achievements and there is no greater showcase for it than the Queen’s Awards. It is essential that we celebrate the success of our businesses and recognize the contributions they make to the communities across the country.

“I congratulate this year’s winners for their hard work and commitment over the past year and wish them every success for the future.”

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