Firms urged to apply for Queen’s AwardSep 30, 2008
David Moore, Secretary to the Prime Ministerâ€™s Advisory Committee, is pictured (centre) on his visit to Queenâ€™s Award winner Ultravisionâ€™s premises in Leighton Buzzard.
Ultravision, which designs and manufactures contact lenses, has held a Queenâ€™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: â€œOur business has advanced at an even greater rate since winning the Queenâ€™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 Queenâ€™s Award has helped the company build confidence, both internally and externally, and it feels great.â€
Stephen Brice, Secretary to The Queenâ€™s Awards Office, cited the example of successful Milton Keynes companies like Siemens Communications – which has held The Queenâ€™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 UKâ€™s business elite.
Mr Brice said: â€œI 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.
â€œI hope that, with the prestige and worldwide recognition that comes with receiving a Queenâ€™s Award, companies from Milton Keynes are, in the future, able to experience the competitive edge that the award offers.â€
For more information on how to apply for a Queen’s Award, visit www.queensawards.org.uk“