Ancon Building Products has received its second Queen’s Award for Enterprise at a special ceremony taking place at its manufacturing site in Deeside, North Wales.
The International Trade Award recognises Ancon’s success in growing sales across new and existing export markets.
The honours follow the company’s previous Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation for its Lockable Dowel system for post-tensioned concrete construction.
The prestigious award was presented to Ancon by the Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd, Henry George Fetherstonhaugh OBE, on behalf of the Queen.
The ceremony was attended by 36 employees at the Deeside factory, the largest Wall Tie manufacturing facility in the UK, as Ancon’s Export Team Leader, Angela Reeve, accepted the ceremonial scroll.
Lynn Forster, Deeside’s Purchasing Manager and longest-serving employee at the site, who has been part of the Ancon team there for the last 32 years, received the commemorative Queen’s Award crystal bowl on behalf of the company.
The Lord Lieutenant said: “Ancon represents the very best of British innovation and technology, and this dynamic company, which has trebled its exports in the last ten years, has led the way in its field.
It is very gratifying to present this award here in Deeside, where Ancon provides 92 much needed jobs and I wish the company every continued success in the future.”
In addition to its headquarters and two manufacturing sites in Sheffield, Ancon has operated production facilities in North Wales since 1983.
The Lord Lieutenant met several employees as he toured the site on Deeside Industrial Park, where the company has been based since 2008.
Speaking after the ceremony, Managing Director, Stuart Maxwell commented that it was a “very proud day for the Ancon business.”
He said: “We now hold Queen’s Awards for both Innovation and International Trade, confirming that we are successfully combining the development of market-specific solutions with effective worldwide distribution strategies.”
Ancon products are now exported across the globe from the USA, Russia, throughout the far east and into the Asian pacific region.
Stuart continued: “Our outstanding achievements over the last few years are down to the knowledge, hard work and commitment of our employees, as well as our distributors around the world. My sincere thanks and congratulations go out to everyone.”
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