Queen’s Award For EnterpriseThe Lord-Lieutenant congratulates this year’s Kent winners of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and looks forward to meeting the organisations in person to present them with their well- earned trophies. They are as follows –

Atom Brands – www.atombrands.com

Atom Brands started trading in 2011, and is based in Tonbridge, Kent. The company is a producer and exporter of gin, scotch whisky and rum and exports to over 40 different markets. The growth strategy focuses on distribution in countries with an emerging and growing craft spirits market. Distributors are chosen based on their portfolio of flagship brands, premium brands relying on quality for sales rather than selling on price.

Atom Brands has formed strong relationships across Europe, Asia, Australasia, North America, Middle East and Africa. Singapore was a new market during the application period. Overseas sales have grown by 345% over the three year application period and in the final year of application 37% of total sales was exported. The company wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years.

Brigade Electronics Group PLC – www.brigade-electronics.com

Based in South Darenth, Kent, Brigade Electronics Group plc launched its first reversing alarm in 1976. It took many years of lobbying by the company before their technology was accepted and it now leads the way in vehicle and plant safety, having extended its portfolio to include all-round visibility, pioneering many products and developing and patenting new technology. Over the most recent three years, the company’s overseas sales rose by £12.8 million, with year on year growth exceeding 25% per annum. Export sales peaked at £27 million in January 2018 up from £14.3 million in 2016, and exports now account for nearly two-thirds of total turnover. Its five leading markets are Germany, USA, Italy, France and Finland. The company is focusing its continued growth on international markets away from the EU. The company wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years.

Trinity Fencing CIC – www.trinityfencing.co.uk

Trinity Fencing CIC has been Awarded the Queens Award Promoting Opportunity Award; the company has traded for over 30 years, providing fencing, decking and landscaping and since 2015 it has run an apprenticeship programme for offenders, ex-offenders, the unemployed, NEETS and young people with learning difficulties, providing qualifications, work experience and help with home rental costs during the apprenticeship period. It works closely with HMPYO, to help young offenders progress into employment, plus mentoring to help reduce re-offending rates. It has delivered such benefits to 13 disadvantaged people to date. Many apprentices take up employment with the company, with a career progression plan in place. For those not taking employment with the company, help is given sourcing employment elsewhere and reintegrating into society. The programme provides basic life skills such as time-keeping, personal hygiene and decision-making; it supports beneficiaries into temporary rented accommodation or longer term assisted accommodation.