Portmeirion is one of 156 UK companies to have collected one of this year’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.
The Stoke-on-Trent tableware manufacturer won in the international trade category – the other two are innovation and sustainable development – for selling 70% of its products overseas. The award also recognises that the company has grown its overseas revenues by 65% to over £37m each year and created 46 more jobs.
Portmeirion, which owns the Spode and Royal Worcester brands, now exports to over 60 countries and has boosted its success through strong support for its overseas distributors and agents.
It reported record annual revenues last year of £51.2m – 19% up on the previous year’s £43.2m, which was in itself a record.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious accolade for business success, given only for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category. They are judged to a demanding level and winners receive a number of benefits and worldwide recognition.
The awards are made each year by the Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is in turn advised by government, industry and commerce representatives, and trade unions.