Congratulations to all our fabulous 2022 Queen’s Award for Enterprise winners – they are great business role models and the county of Cambridgeshire is so very proud of you all.
This page will be updated with images from the award presentations, which will be made later in the year. Last year’s winners are here, and a list of previous years winners is here. Information on how to apply for an award is here.
Congratulations to Ion Science for winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation.
Ion Science was established in 1989, for the manufacture of superior gas sensors. Their patented innovation is the MiniPID. A gas sensor for the detection of volatile organic compounds using photo-ionisation detection (PID) technology that was originally developed in 2007. Since then, it has provided a platform for multiple product applications, and it remains superior to any comparable product. The MiniPID can be used to detect up to 950 different compounds, many of which pose a serious threat to human health and life if people are exposed. Previously, PID
technology had not been harnessed fully in sensor form – certainly not in sufficiently compact form which can be incorporated into gas detection instruments, including wearables, where it can be most effective. Customers who use MiniPID have seen an improvement in their worker health and safety standards, with fewer workers reporting long-term health issues or being subject to over-exposure.
Congratulations to Todd Research for winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation.
For over 50 years, Todd Research Ltd has been designing, manufacturing and supplying x-ray scanners, metal detectors and blast suppression equipment across various public and private market channels. Their Award is for the latest generation of cabinet scanners, the TR15-CT4 which can detect harmful powders and explosives utilising their completely new Colour Trace 4™ software platform. The system provides a new benchmark of threat detection and high-quality image management for compact cabinet scanners. The TR15-CT4 can detect harmful powders such as ricin and anthrax and explosives down to three grams. In addition, the system delivers HD Quality imaging using new fluoroscopic X-Ray imaging technology and internet connectivity for emergency communications capability. Connectivity has also enabled remote diagnosis and software upgrades. The product has been supplied to every British Embassy worldwide.
Congratulations to Agrimech for winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.
Wisbech, Cambridgeshire based Agrimech Ltd was established in
2009 designing and manufacturing automation machinery packing
solutions for weighing, sealing, placing and palletising products. In
2019 the company launched the Hydra, the first British-made multiheaded weighing system. Overseas sales grew by over 200% in
three years with the proportion of total sales generated overseas
increasing from 3.9% to 13.4%. At a time when UK sales were
falling slightly Agrimech became increasingly successful
commercially. The company only began exporting in 2018 and has
a target to increase this to 40% within the next five years whilst
still growing domestic sales. Agrimech focusses entirely on the
huge potato growing areas of the USA and Canada which alone
offers substantial opportunities for further growth. The company
wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade for Outstanding
Short Term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years.
Congratulations to Cellbond, a division of Encocam for winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.
Cellbond, a division of Encocam Limited, is based in Huntingdon,
Cambridgeshire and has been trading since 1988. It specialises in
the design and manufacture of technology based composite
structures primarily used in the Automotive sector in controlled
crash tests to assess the safety of vehicles occupants and other
road users. Products and services include Energy Absorbers,
Deformable Crash Test Barriers, Crash Test Dummies, Pedestrian
Impactors, Laser Speed Measurement Devices, Calibrated
Aluminium Honeycomb, Testing, Finite Element Analysis,
Consultancy and the design, build and supply of related certification
and calibration equipment. Overseas sales grew by 138% across
the six-year period with top markets including China, South Korea,
India, Germany, Japan and the United States. It invests in
continuous improvement in both machinery and R&D development
to keep pace with the market and competitor positions. It won the
Queen’s Award for International Trade in 2017 and the company
wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade for Outstanding
Continuous Growth in overseas sales over the last six years.
Congratulations to Pico Technology for winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.
Eaton Socon, Cambridgeshire based Pico Technology started trading
in 1991 designing and manufacturing high-performance PC based
oscilloscopes, data loggers, RF equipment and automotive
oscilloscopes and kits. These are used by scientists, technicians,
engineers and researchers to troubleshoot and validate the
performance of their devices and systems. Being PC based allows
users to access data from anywhere and is Pico’s particular USP.
Its automotive diagnostic equipment is used by technicians in the
aftermarket and by vehicle manufacturers worldwide to diagnose
electrical and electronic faults. Pico exports to over 80 countries
through six staffed offices in Europe, the USA and Asia, supporting
local distributors. Top markets are the USA, Germany, China,
Japan and Switzerland, demonstrating the success of its strategy to
focus on technology hotspots. The company won the Queen’s
Award for International Trade in 2014 and wins again for
Outstanding Short Term Growth in overseas sales over the last
Congratulations to Ziath for winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.
Established in Cambridge in 2005, Ziath Ltd designs, manufactures,
sells and supports equipment used to track large numbers of
chemical and/or biomedical samples. Over 90 percent of sales are
products exported to countries around the world including to the
USA, Germany, Japan, Australia, India and China. Target sectors
for Ziath’s products include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical
diagnostics (including Covid related diagnostics), forensics and
agricultural diagnostics. Overseas sales have grown by 69% across
the last three years with the percentage exported maintaining at
88%. New clients gained include the International Atomic Energy
Agency in Vienna, Austria and the World Health Organisation in
Geneva, Switzerland as they purchased equipment to support the
roll out of Covid-19 testing to Developing Nations. In response to
COVID the company demonstrated great agility recruiting and
training staff to build scientific instruments to meet the demand for
their products. The company wins the Queen’s Award for
International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth in overseas
sales over the last three years.
Congratulations to 10to8 for winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.
10to8 Limited is based in Cambridge and started trading in 2011. It
is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) that provides an appointment
management, online booking and automated communications
system to customers, across 40 languages. Large clients include
banks, recruiters, hospitals and governments, and many small
businesses in health and beauty, education and professional
services. Overseas sales increased by 253% across the three-year
period and key markets include the United States, India, Australia,
Canada and Israel. Covid provided an immediate impact on the
business and was used as an opportunity to pivot, and capitalise on
the situation, by scaling into healthcare sectors and geographically
in the Caribbean, North America and EMEA. It is investing in
product capability, marketing and sales to grow US healthcare and
other scheduling dependent industries to double the business year
on year. The company wins the Queen’s Award for International
Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth in overseas sales over
the last three years.
Congratulations to YTKO for winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Promoting Opportunity.
YTKO Ltd is a company, with offices throughout Southern England,
which started trading in 1978. The company’s vision is to
demonstrate how a private-sector approach can transform social
outcomes. Their 2020 social mission was to support the innovative
digital programme Outset Online supports entrepreneurs with
mobility issues who are carers or live in rural areas. Over 85% of
their activity is not for profit, focusing on disadvantaged individuals
living in deprived areas. Their Outset programme, established in
2009, has provided start-up support to over 24,500 people from
disadvantaged groups alone. Over half the participants were
female, against a national average of 23%, 20% were Black, Asian,
and Minority Ethnic (BAME), and over 40% received benefits. Their
Enterprising Women programme started in 2006, has reached
45,000 female entrepreneurs. The innovative digital programme
Outset Online supports entrepreneurs, including those who are time-poor due to caring responsibilities, or have limited mobility.