Feature News — 10 May 2018

As five Staffordshire companies celebrate the announcement that they have been recognised for their contribution to business in the 2018 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, another is calling on more local companies to apply.

Cannock-based ATP Industries Group is calling on Staffordshire businesses to follow in their footsteps by competing for the chance to secure international recognition.

Mark Bowen says sales have grown strongly since the company won an Innovation accolade in the coveted 2016 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise run by the UK government.

He is now urging other businesses to grasp the opportunity to lift their reputation to new heights as the application process prepares to open for 2019.

“Receiving the royal stamp of approval has transformed our business and opened the door to strong corporate growth,” he said.

“The Queen’s Awards are a unique stamp of approval offering an unrivalled guarantee of quality and excellence. The logo itself, which features the Crown, has attracted a wealth of international interest and cemented our reputation for high standards; a recent trade show in China saw our stand overflowing with potential customers clearly attracted by this Royal approval.

“As a result of this endorsement, the business has been given a platform to stand out from the competition delivering strong sustainable, double digit, growth.

“Entering these awards is a must and I urge all successful entrepreneurs in Staffordshire to grasp this opportunity with both hands. The application process requires a bit of time and thought and we failed on the initial attempt, eventually succeeding on our second application. However, the rewards speak for themselves and businesses will reap the dividends for many years to come.

“Throughout this experience we’ve received helpful support and advice by event organisers to maximise the promotional potential of our success and we cannot thank them enough for their assistance. Their efforts have really made a difference.”

ATP Industries Group is Europe’s largest independent remanufacturer of automatic transmissions, manual transmissions, torque converters, transmission control units, instrument clusters, radios, DVD’s, CD players, Exhaust gas recycling values, air mass meters, throttle bodies, Electronic Control Units (ECU’s) and more.

ATP has a wholly owned facility in Guangzhou, southern China, re-manufacturing transmissions and torque converters as well as a Test Equipment design factory in Michigan USA, also wholly owned.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise have been running for 50 years and recognise outstanding performance across a range of industries.

Staffordshire has a good track record of winning with a number of companies scooping awards in recent years.

The awards comprise four categories: International Trade; Innovation; Sustainable Development; and Promoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility.  They are valid for five years. The judging process is rigorous and entries require detailed financial information over a set period of time.

Representatives from winning organisations attend a Buckingham Palace reception hosted by Her Majesty the Queen in July.

Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire and local businessman James Leavesley, who holds the regional brief for business for the Staffordshire Lieutenancy, said the global and domestic recognition offered by these awards was simply too good an opportunity to miss.

“Winning a Queen’s Award has the potential to propel a business to new heights and create a momentum of success and recognition which lasts many years,” said the business owner, who is chief executive of Staffordshire-based JT Leavesley Ltd, the privately-owned holding company of a group of diverse businesses.

“There is no better endorsement of quality and professionalism in the UK and ATP’s experience is proof of the dramatic impact this award can have on profitability in a short timeframe.

“Good business performance helps our local economy to thrive and benefits us all and I’m determined Staffordshire’s businesses will once again shine out against the competition in this national contest.

“If you’re proud of your business’s achievements and are keen to become a leading light in your sector then please enter these awards and get the recognition you deserve.”

In Staffordshire, awards were made this year to:

  • Addmaster Ltd (Stafford)
  • Busy Bee Nurseries (Shenstone)
  • Cobra Biologics (Keele)
  • Swift-Cut Automation Ltd (Tatenhill)
  • The Wool Packaging Company Ltd, Stone

The companies will be receiving an award from HM Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr Ian Dudson on behalf of the Queen.

Applications for the 2019 awards open this month and businesses can apply for more than one award. For more information on entering visit: https://www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise

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