Fort Vale bids to build on Award success

East Lancashire engineering firm Fort Vale is targeting further export success after receiving their latest Queen’s Award for Enterprise.


The Simonstone-based precision valve manufacturer was presented with the award for Enterprise in International Trade 2013 from the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Colonel Alan Jolly.

Managing Director Ian Wilson said: “Fort Vale are very proud to have won this prestigious award for the fourth time.

“It is a team effort and not down to any individual. It is a credit to everyone who works here and we should all be proud of what we have achieved. My sincere thanks go to all our people.”

Fort Vale, which also received the prestigious award in 1981, 1986 and 2008, was recognised for its growth in overseas earnings, innovation and sustainable development.

The company, which employs almost 600 people worldwide and generates turnover of close to £70million, has an impressive track record of establishing networks near the key markets and boasting immediate product capacity.

And with major deals in the pipeline, as well continued investment in training and development, Fort Vale is looking to grow further in their core markets, as well as continuing their move into the nuclear power sector. Founded in Colne in 1967, Fort Vale moved to Nelson in 1975 and then into purpose-build premises in Simonstone in 2008. The company now also has bases in the Netherlands, Singapore, China, Russia, and the USA.