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Thames Valley region flies high as companies celebrate Queen’s Awards

11:40 29 April in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Digital Technology, News, Talent and Innovation

Companies in the Thames Valley region were once again included in the 2020 Queen’s Award. This highlights the region’s prominent position as it continues to lead the UK in innovation, sustainable development and international trade.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is an awards programme for British businesses and other organisations who excel at international trade, innovation or sustainable development. They are the highest official UK awards for any British business.

Hear from a number of this year’s Thames Valley recipients:

Hypnos Beds

Buckinghamshire-based, Hypnos Beds, have been recognised for Sustainable Development and for its ongoing commitment to sustainable and ethical manufacturing. The company received their first Queen’s Award for International Trade in 2017. The latest accolade comes after a decade of long commitment to sustainable production and operation, and in recognition of a series of sustainable innovation and design.

“This award is a great honour and really shows the value of investing in and in operating your business ethically. It’s certainly inspired us to do even more to develop our sustainable plans for the future and we’re already working on some interesting concepts for the years ahead.”

James Keen, CEO at Hypnos



Innovative smart ticketing systems supplier, Ticketer, based in Hungerford (Berks) has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation. Ticketer offers market-leading ticketing technology, combined with personalised, responsive support. The company was recognised due to demonstrating how its unique, ongoing, product innovation has significantly improved its own commercial performance over the last five years, whilst aiding operators across the sector to enhance their passenger proposition.

“This really has been a tremendous team effort, not just from the Ticketer Team, but from our customers, suppliers, and friends across the industry. I really feel incredibly humbled to receive such a prestigious award. All we have done is bring alive what bus operators have asked the industry to deliver, and so we are proud to accept this achievement on behalf of our amazing friends and colleagues in the sector, who have been loyal supporters, and with us every step of the way.”

John Clarfelt, CEO at Ticketer


Nordson Corporation – Dage Precision Industries

Aylesbury-based, Dage Products, has grown its overseas sales by more than 50% over the last three years with profits increasing by almost 150%. It’s ongoing commitment to R&D , has enabled it to design and manufacture world-class, marketing leading Bond Test and X-ray inspection systems to meet the ever increasing technological demands of their customers.

“We are proud to win this award as a recognition of our growth and success in providing the best test and inspection solution to our customers. It is a testament to our employees in UK and all around the world.”

Mani Ahmadi, General Manager of DAGE


For a full list of award recipients, click HERE.