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Firms urged to apply for Queen’s Award

David Moore, Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee, is pictured (centre) on his visit to Queen’s Award winner Ultravision’s premises in Leighton Buzzard.

Ultravision, which designs and manufactures contact lenses, has held a Queen’s Award for Innovation since 2006. As a result, the company has gained an elite endorsement as Official Supplier to the Professional Rugby Players Association, supplying UltraWave lenses to all England internationals and professional players in the Guinness Premiership.

Ultravision chief executive officer Keith Lomas said: “Our business has advanced at an even greater rate since winning the Queen’s Award by increasing organic growth through providing superior products, gaining new distributors across the globe, signing licensing deals with large contact lens manufacturers and further corporate acquisitions.

“Winning the Queen’s Award has helped the company build confidence, both internally and externally, and it feels great.”

Stephen Brice, Secretary to The Queen’s Awards Office, cited the example of successful Milton Keynes companies like Siemens Communications – which has held The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category since 2006 – and encouraged other commercially successful companies of all sizes from the area to apply, to show they too have what it takes to be credited as among the UK’s business elite.

Mr Brice said: “I know there are many outstanding companies in Milton Keynes and I would urge them to get their applications in to help gain the additional spotlight and raised profile they deserve.

“I hope that, with the prestige and worldwide recognition that comes with receiving a Queen’s Award, companies from Milton Keynes are, in the future, able to experience the competitive edge that the award offers.”

For more information on how to apply for a Queen’s Award, visit www.queensawards.org.uk