Three Bath businesses win Queen's Award for Enterprise
The local business community has been celebrating success with the recent news that three Bath firms have been awarded The Queens Award for Enterprise 2018, the UK’s highest accolade for business success.
Gifting company Wild & Wolf received their award in the International Trade category. Founded in 2005, and now employing 150 people globally, Wild & Wolf creates design-led gifts and lifestyle products across a wide portfolio of popular licensed and own brands.
Paul Taylor, CEO at Wild & Wolf said “It is a great honour to have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade. We’ve experienced tremendous growth in our international trade, particularly in the last 3 years. Once a predominantly UK driven business, by the end of 2018 two thirds of our business will be outside of the UK, with the USA being our single biggest market.”
Rocketmakers (pictured above) won their award for innovation, in particular for the creation of the Performance Data Management System (PDMS). The system was built in partnership with the English Institute of Sport, which is used by elite British athletes to improve performance and avoid injuries.
Richard Godfrey, CEO of Rocketmakers, said “Winning the Queen’s Award is an enormous honour for Rocketmakers, and real validation of the hard work we have been doing for the last decade. We would like to thank our partners at the English Institute of Sport, and the athletes that use PDMS every day, for giving us the opportunity to work with them.”
Wessex Water’s award came in Sustainable Development, the third time they had won in that category. Wessex Water’s first commitment to becoming a sustainable company came back in 1996, and their operations centre just outside of Bath is among the most environmentally friendly offices in the UK.
Dan Green, Head of Sustainability and Innovation at Wessex Water, said: "We're thrilled and immensely honoured to pick up the Queen's Award for a third time. We pride ourselves on going beyond 'business as usual' in all areas, from our work on social tariffs and debt advice to catchment permitting and online nutrient trading.”