Queen’s Award presentation
We were today presented with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Mr Tim Hare, recognising our company’s sustained growth in overseas markets over the past six years. The ceremony took place at our woollen yarn spinning plant, with Mr Hare presenting a cut-glass rose bowl to our Director of Sales for Asia Pacific Brigitte Heimrath and Production Manager Richard Hutchinson. Ms Heimrath had earlier attended a reception at Buckingham Palace together with Director of European Sales Reiner Rupp. This is our fifth Queen’s Award following previous wins for Sustainable Development and Innovation.
We sell over 8 million metres of contract upholstery fabrics a year to around 80 countries, used to upholster seats on public transport and in offices, universities and hotels. Export trade accounts for about 60% of turnover, with our largest overseas markets now being North America and the Eurozone. Other significant contributors to sales revenue are geo markets as diverse as Mexico, China, Australia and New Zealand.
The presentation ceremony was enjoyed by about 100 of our 700 strong workforce which is spread across sites in West Yorkshire, Nottingham and Lithuania. The Camira Yarns spinning mill represents the start of the textile manufacturing process and has been instrumental in developing environmental yarns which go into fabrics made from innovative blends of wool, nettles, hemp and flax.
Group Sales & Marketing Director Andrew Schofield commented: “It was a really special occasion for us to be presented with the Queen’s Award by the Vice Lord Lieutenant. We’re continuing to strengthen our position in global sales territories, where we’re seen as environmental innovators, and we have ambitious sales plans up to 2020 and beyond. I’m sure there’ll be more Queen’s Awards in the future.”