NETPark based Filtronic picked up a Queen’s Award for international trade as 10 companies from the North East won 11 awards in the region’s best performance for almost a decade.
As well as Filtronic Queen’s Awards for international trade went to Newcastle firms Ryder Architecture, Luxe England and Soundbitelearning and NECIT Services in South Shields.
Other awards went to The Skill Mill, a Gateshead social enterprise that provides employment opportunities for young people coming out of the criminal justice system, won awards in both the sustainable development and promoting opportunities categories with other successful companies including Ryder Architecture, Acorn Dairy and Hyperdrive Innovation.
Small Business Minister Paul Scully hailed the “incredible achievements” of Skill Mill while Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said that the Queen’s Awards winners “showed the entrepreneurial spirit that this country is renowned for”.
Awards for innovation went to Inflo Group, in Houghton-le-Spring, North Shields-based D-Line and Sunderland’s Hyperdrive Innovation. And the sustainable development category saw recognition for Acorn Dairy, near Darlington.
Walter Magiera, chief commercial officer at Filtronic, said: “We are very proud to have been honoured with this award, and consider it an exceptional achievement for a company with a 40-year heritage to be growing exports at such a rate.
“Filtronic’s award celebrates the global nature of our business.”
News source: Chronicle Live.