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Acton-based ProSynth Ltd receives Queen’s Award for Enterprise

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:55 04 October 2016

Dr Donald Gilbert of ProSynth receiving the company's Queen's Award fom Clare, Countess of Euston, Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk.

Dr Donald Gilbert of ProSynth receiving the company's Queen's Award fom Clare, Countess of Euston, Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk.


A Suffolk company which provides complex chemistry services for research and development work at some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies was yesterday presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

ProSynth Ltd, based on the Bull Lane Industrial Estate at Acton, near Sudbury, was honoured in the International Trade category of the awards, which were first announced in April to coincide with HM the Queen’s birthday.

Yesterday, a scroll – signed by the Queen and the then-Prime Minister David Cameron – and an engraved glass bowl marking the company’s achievement were presented by Clare, Countess of Euston, the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, the Queen’s official representative in the county, to ProSynth co-founder and managing director Donald Gilbert.

Dr Gilbert founded ProSynth as a partnership with fellow chemist Brian Nash in 1992. Having originally been based in Hadleigh, the business moved to its current premises in 1995 and now employs 18 people.

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