This weekend we were honoured to be awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for outstanding achievement in the category of International Trade.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise largely recognises our increasing success in exports, having radically grown the level of international trade within a few short years.
Each year, we process between 15,000 and 20,000 hides, turning them into into heavy leathers used in the shoe, equestrian, cricket, industrial, canine, belting and leather-goods trades. The products are sold all over the world – in Australia, Japan, China, Taiwan, India, Israel, the US, Canada and in Europe.
Alistair Brearley, our Managing Director, explained “We are absolutely delighted with the news. Just a few weeks ago Her Majesty’s government contacted us to say the Prime Minister had written to the Queen recommending us for this, one the most prestigious of all awards to industry. Our success can be attributed to the hard work, dedication and continued support from all of our staff, customers, suppliers and overseas agents.”
Alistair says he thinks his late father would be proud of the team carrying out his vision.
He said: “I am overjoyed to say that since his passing on New Year’s Day 2012, we have, as a team, taken giant strides. We now sell many more niche products and in to countries all over the globe. I can honestly say that I think that he would be proud of us all here in managing to carry out his vision and to see that rewarded with such an accolade.”
The award is valid for five years and will enable Thomas Ware and Son Ltd to fly The Queen’s Award flag at our premises and use the emblem on our stationery. Previous winners of such an award reported greater worldwide recognition, increased sales and media interest.
Commenting on the award, Barry Knight, Sales Development Manager, said “We have worked extremely hard at developing the overseas markets and enjoyed – not just great success – but have developed a number of wonderful, strong relationships along the journey! This is only the start of things to come, we have many more leathers to develop and new markets to explore.”
We are in the process of making plans to celebrate our achievement, starting with a reception at Buckingham Palace.