Queen’s Award glory for firms

FIVE businesses from Suffolk and north Essex have been honoured in the 2010 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

The awards, which are announced on April 21 each year to mark HM The Queen’s birthday, go to businesses which have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the areas of International Trade, Innovation or the Environment.

Crittal Windows, based in Witham, Select Biosciences from Long Melford and Sygenta Bioline Production, of Little Clacton, are among those recognised in the International Trade category.

And Camera Dynamics of Bury St Edmunds and ThorpeGlen of Martlesham Heath, near Ipswich, pick up awards in the Innovation section.

Crittal Windows, based in Freebournes Road, Witham, is recognised for its successful targeting of the United States market,

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The company, which has a workforce of 196, has been designing and manufacturing steel windows and doors for the UK market since 1924. However, it is also now the second-largest supplier in the US, having increased its export sales by nearly 150%.

Select Biosciences, based on the Bull Lane Industrial Estate at Long Melford, was formed in 1999 and now employs 15 people.

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It provides scientific consultancy services to the biomedical industry by way of market reports, recruitment, training courses and conference organisation, and has grown its overseas sales 11-fold over the past six years to �1.4million. Its main markets are in Europe and the Unite States, with sales also achieved in India, Brazil and China.

Syngenta Bioline, based at the Telstar Nursery in Holland Road, Little Clacton, and part of the Swiss-based Syngenta group, employs 57 people in the rearing and use of beneficial insects and mites for the control of insect pests in high value crops.

It has increased its export sales by 122% over the past three years to nearly �8million, representing 80% of its production.

Camera Dynamics is based in Western Way, Bury, where it forms part of the Vitec Group, owner of the Vinten brand, and has a workforce of 470.

It is honoured for its continuous development of camera support equipment providing the smooth, well-controlled camera movements required by professional broadcasting.

Patented variable-damping mechanical systems, which are incorporated into its pedestal and head-mounted equipment, enable cameras easily to be tilted and rotated in almost all directions with the necessary degree of control.

ThorpeGlen, based on BT’s Adastral Park site at Martlesham Heath, near Ipswich, has developed an electronic communications monitoring and tracking system which helps national security agencies to identify potential threats.

The firm, which was spun out of BT and is now a stand-alone company following a management buy-out backed by regional venture capitalist CREATE, has a workforce of nine.

It was honoured in the International Trade category of the Queen’s Awards last year for its export sales success and it has now also been recognised in the Innovation section for the continued development of its system, which can monitor more than three billion telephone and internet-based messages a day.

Other East of England companies recognised in the International Trade category include Applied Acoustic Engineering of Great Yarmouth, Cambridge-based Autonomy, whose founder and chief executive, Mike Lynch, has a home in Suffolk, JDR Cable Systems of Littleport, near Ely, and Kestrel Liner Agencies, based in Basildon.

Also among the businesses honoured in the Innovation category is Ultravision, based at Leighton Buzzard, whose chief executive, Keith Lomas, lives at Chippenham, near Newmarket.

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