Two Lancashire companies have been recognised for their worldwide expansion and export growth by being honoured with the 2017 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category.
Blackpool-based Chelsom has been awarded the prestigious accolade after achieving 131 per cent growth in international sales over the last three years.
Chelsom designs and manufactures decorative lighting for the global hotel and marine industries. Innovative in-house designs, high quality manufacturing and excellent service levels have contributed towards winning prestigious projects in 70 countries across the world.
Exports now account for around 40 per cent of all sales and Chelsom has built an exceptionally strong client base including major hotel operators such as Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Starwood, Hilton, Accor, Marriott and on the marine side, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Robert Chelsom, chairman, said: “I am extremely proud that Chelsom is one of only 102 companies across all industries to be honoured with the award for International Trade this year because it acknowledges the hard work, dedication and passion that every employee has shown in helping to drive the business forward internationally. The award comes in Chelsom’s 70th anniversary year making it fitting recognition that a third generation family business is continuing to expand and develop.”
TastyBone, part of pet food manufacturer Pets Choice and one of the UK’s leading manufacturer of nylon, edible, rubber chew and play toys for dogs, also scooped the award.
CEO Tony Raeburn said: “Winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise is an incredible achievement and we are honoured to have been awarded such a prestigious accolade.”
The TastyBone brand has seen success throughout many different export countries through country specific consumer marketing, tailoring relevant flavours or products dependent on demand and performance.
Tony added: “Starting as a UK sales based brand, it was soon found that there was a demand for premium pet accessories in other countries. Following further quests by retailers, TastyBone could see the potential of launching into the export market and has since expanded into 18 countries worldwide.”
TastyBone became part of Pet’s Choice in 2016 with export sales continuing to grow since joining the pet food manufacturer’s group of brands.