As part of the Queen’s Birthday celebrations in 2018, A-SAFE, one of the world’s leading safety barrier manufacturers, was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category for the second time.
The Queen’s Award for International Trade cements A-SAFE’s outstanding record of exporting to a multitude of overseas markets and steep year-on-year growth in the sector.
Since winning the Queen’s Award for the first time in 2014, A-SAFE has gone from strength to strength, increasing its number of global subsidiaries, and now boasting a footprint in the USA, UAE, Mexico, Russia and Japan as well as many other countries within mainland Europe.
As well as investing in new wholly owned subsidiaries around the globe, A-SAFE’s UK employees have increased since 2014, and its innovative product portfolio has also continued to evolve.
In 2015 A-SAFE launched the iFlex barrier range, providing the ultimate solution in the market. This innovation marked the arrival of a new generation of safety barrier, offering the greatest performance, impact resistance and energy absorption, along with hygiene seals, no ingress points, water resistance, and ease of use through in-built modularity and multi-directional capabilities.
James Smith, co-owner of A-SAFE, said: “At A-SAFE we’re immensely proud of the work that we do, and it’s extremely humbling to receive a Queen’s Award for the second time. We strongly believe that our commitment to innovation and our ‘global yet local’ export strategy, giving international brands access to A-SAFE products locally, is why we’ve achieved such strong oversees growth.
“It’s this strategy that helps us to maintain the spirit of a local business, whilst achieving the far-reaching impact of a global presence. It’s absolutely fantastic that this work has been given a royal seal of approval and we are confident that we will continue to grow in this sector for years to come.”
Icon were the 2016 recipients of the Queens Awards for Enterprise in the field of International Trade.
Icon hosted a very special ceremony on Wednesday 9th November 2016 to receive their Queens Awards for Enterprise from the Queen’s Representative, Vice Lord-Lieutenant Tim Hare. Guests were welcomed with a tour of the factory and invited to meet the team before the award ceremony.
After a short speech from Icon’s MD, Jon Wesson, Icon were congratulated by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant on behalf of Her Majesty for their success in winning the highly contested award and a formal citation was read to the workforce. Icon received a beautiful crystal Rose Bowl to commemorate their win and a certificate signed by The Queen.
Each team member was then presented with their own specially designed Queens Award Mug as a small token of thanks for all their hard work and as a memento of this important celebration.
‘It is testament to the Icon team’s hard work and commitment, that we were able to win such a prestigious award for our phenomenal growth in overseas trade over the last 3 years. We’re so lucky to have such a fantastic crew of people working at Icon and it’s important to recognise each and every one of them for their efforts, because it’s their dedication and talent that makes the company such a success’.
Icon screens are designed and manufactured in their Pontefract factory and shipped to clients in Benelux, France, Spain, the Middle East, USA and Australia.
Jon Wesson, Managing Director, and Operations Director, Paula Kaminski, were invited to attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate their award win, in what was her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday year.