Niftylift celebrates double Queen’s Award success

May 03, 2019

STAFF at a Milton Keynes manufacturing company are celebrating after the business became the first in the UK to win two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in the same year for the second time.

Niftylift, which designs, develops, manufactures and distributes mobile elevating work platforms, has won the awards for Innovation and International Trade, replicating its achievement in 2013.

The company will receive its awards at its headquarters in Shenley Wood later this year.

Niftylift’s 28-metre hybrid work platform the HR28 earned the company the award for innovation. It was developed as the world’s tallest electric work platform, this state-of-the-art product combines market-leading performance with innovative safety features and an environmentally conscious power plant.

The company received the International Trade award for its “outstanding” export sales over the past six years, which have grown by an average 132%.

Niftylift was founded by Roger Bowden, who remains its chairman, in 1985 and moved to Milton Keynes in 1988. Today it employs more than 400 people in Milton Keynes and has facilities in Barnsley, Germany and the USA.

Mr Bowden said: “We are honoured to be recognised for not one but two prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in 2019. These awards help to illustrate how our dedication to design and innovation, together with our attention to detail and strong customer focus, have allowed us to compete so successfully in this global marketplace.”

Managing director John Keely  added: “This is excellent news for Niftylift and for the powered access industry. We are proud to be a British manufacturing success story and this recognition will help to promote the importance of the UK manufacturing industry around the world. Huge thanks go to our worldwide network of dealers and our valued customers who have placed their trust in our products and company.”

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