Business people outside EPIC where the awards event was held

Your chance to seek royal seal of approval

Torbay Weekly

A special event has been held to encourage Torbay’s businesses to seek royal approval for their work – and to celebrate those who have it already.

TDA hosted the reception to urge local firms to apply for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

The awards are regarded as the highest official UK awards for British businesses and remains one of the many great legacies of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The award signifies excellence and provides prestigious endorsement, with previous winners testifying that there are many immediate and long-term benefits, including recognising the achievements of the company, building confidence with trading partners and access to new markets and customers. Winning businesses are able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for five years.

Two Torbay based businesses only recently received the prestigious honour. Investment Casting Systems Ltd – a world Class Toolmaker’, based in Paignton – was granted the award for their continued growth in turnover and exports over the last three years.

And joining them were Spirent Communications, also based in Paignton and which manufactures the world’s leading test solutions for Positioning, Navigation and Timing solutions. They were recognised for their continued international trade success.

The information event was held at the Electronics and Photonics Innovation Centre (EPIC) in Paignton.

Cllr Swithin Long, cabinet member for economic regeneration, tourism and housing, said: “It would be great to see more Torbay based businesses applying and hopefully being recognised in the 2023 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.”

Brian Wills-Pope deputy for the Lord Lieutenant, gave a presentation about the awards, including how to enter, to the business representatives in the room which included bosses Ted and son James Head from ICS and Adam Price from Spirent.

Applications for the 2023 Awards are now open and close on September 6.

The awards are free to enter.  Businesses are encouraged to enter online>