Ancon has again been honoured at a Royal Reception following the company’s second Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
The reception, on Tuesday 14th July 2015, was hosted by Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. Other members of the Royal Family in attendance included, The Duke of York, Princess Eugenie of York and The Princess Royal, underlining the importance attached to these prestigious industry awards.
Ancon’s Managing Director, Stuart Maxwell and Marketing Manager, Annabelle Wilson, who attended at the personal invitation of Her Majesty, were joined by representatives from other award-winning companies for the reception held in the magnificent state rooms of Buckingham Palace.
Ancon’s success in the 2015 Awards comes in recognition of its International Trade and acknowledges the company’s outstanding achievements in growing sales across new and existing export markets. It follows success in 2012, when the company was honoured with a Queen’s Award in Innovation, for the development and commercialisation of a unique Lockable Dowel, a system that has revolutionised post-tensioned concrete construction.
The reception was a proud moment for the Ancon representatives, who were each presented to HM The Queen and had the opportunity to discuss at length the company’s on-going business success with members of the Royal household, including The Princess Royal, The Duke of Kent and The Duke of Gloucester, with each passing on their congratulations on a second award.
Speaking following the Champagne Reception, Stuart Maxwell said:
“It was a great personal honour to be welcomed by The Queen, and to be introduced to so many members of the Royal Family. When attending a reception at Buckingham Palace you follow in the footsteps of many historical figures and world leaders, taking in the splendour of some of the Palace’s most famous rooms, including the Throne Room and the Picture Gallery, used on many grand state occasions.
“The Queen’s Award Reception is a unique event, and one that most in the business community will never have the opportunity to attend. For Ancon to attend a second Reception in just three years is a huge achievement for everyone at the company. It says a great deal about the company’s strategy and our increasing stature in international markets.”
In a break from tradition, the 2015 Award will be officially presented to the Sheffield-based company by the Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd, at a special ceremony later this year at Ancon’s manufacturing facilities in Deeside, North Wales.
The engraved crystal bowl and ceremonial scroll will then take pride of place in Ancon’s Sheffield Head Office with the 2012 Queen’s Award, alongside the company’s ever expanding array of UK and international awards and trophies.