District firms recognised with prestigious Queen’s Awards

(L-R) Jon Spratley, Sue Smith and Jeremy Carey from 42 Technology Ltd.

(L-R) Jon Spratley, Sue Smith and Jeremy Carey from 42 Technology Ltd. - Credit: Archant

A host of Huntingdonshire-based businesses have been recognised for enterprise excellence in celebration of the Queen’s 91st birthday.

PCME Ltd and 42 Technology Ltd, both based in St Ives, and Cellbond, in Huntingdon, were all selected as winners in the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

PCME Ltd, which was founded in 1990, scooped an award for its innovative emissions-monitoring device for power stations.

Unlike previous products, the invention has operational benefits, is highly reliable, and has reduced purchase price by 20 per cent.

42 Technology Ltd, which has been trading since 2001, took home an international trade award for its outstanding continuous growth.

The firm provides contract research and development engineering services to businesses dependent on manufacturing, design, research and development.

In the last six years, its annual turnover has more than doubled.

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Its exports are also fundamental, and accountned for 65 per cent of its 2016 turnover.

Cellbond scooped an award for its outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales – something which has rocketed by 27 per cent in the last three years.

The company is a division of Encocam Ltd, and has been involved in energy absorption and vehicle safety testing since 1988.

In total, 15 businesses in the East of England won awards this year.

Greg Clark, Business Secretary, said: “I’m extremely proud to see such a wealth of businesses across the East of England being recognised.”

Entry for 2018 is now open, and the deadline is September 1. INFO: gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise/overview.