A company that champions the use of its Biomaster antimicrobial technology to protect products from bacteria and viruses has completed a hat-trick of Queen’s Award for Enterprise wins.

Addmaster UK, a leading developer of performance-enhancing additives for the plastic, paper, textile, paints and coatings industry, has secured its first win in the Innovation category after using its technology to improve hygiene and preserve the environment by encouraging safer use of reusable products.

The Award also recognises the firm’s contribution to eliminating plastic waste and improving public hygiene by creating a range of reusable plastics, including an antimicrobial coffee cup and its work with global retailers on creating the first antimicrobial ‘bag for life’ attracting specific attention.

Around 30 million bags have now being treated with Addmaster’s Biomaster technology, proven to inhibit the growth of bacteria and reducing the likelihood of contamination from repeated use.

Paul Morris, Addmaster Founder & CEO, commented: "We are extremely honoured to have had our Biomaster antimicrobial technology recognised with another Queens Award for Enterprise. “This prestigious accolade recognises our commitment to developing innovative solutions that are ahead of the curve and meet real life needs in healthcare, retail and industry.”

Coventry-based aerospace supplier, Arrowsmith Engineering, has received the Queen’s Award for International Trade.

The firm, which employs 76 people at its Bayton Road factory, secured the prestigious accolade after it recorded a 996% increase in export activity over the last three years, supplying precision components to global manufacturers including Rolls-Royce, GKN, ITP and Siemens.

Arrowsmith parts are used in aerospace engines, landing gears and air frames, with recent wins seeing sales rise to £7.6 million and investment in the latest CNC robotics paving the way for 10% growth in 2020. The company has recently pivoted its operations to supply critical parts for the production of ventilators during the Covid-19 crisis.

Bosses at the firm believe the Queen’s Award will play an important role in further expansion in Brazil, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the United States.

“This is the highest honour a company can achieve and is a fitting tribute to the strides we have made to become a global aerospace supplier,” explained Jason Aldridge, Managing Director at Arrowsmith Engineering.

“To be able to display the Queen’s Award logo on our letterhead, in marketing material and across all of our communication channels will be a massive boost to our business and will definitely generate new opportunities in overseas markets.”

Accles & Pollock, the precision metal tubular assembly business which is part of Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance, has won the International Trade category.

The Oldbury-based firm, which was established over 100 years ago and acquired by GFG’s LIBERTY House business in 2015, won the award for growth in exports that doubled over two years to £4.7m in 2018/19. Accles & Pollock specialises in high-spec components for aerospace engines, nuclear submarines and land-based power generation.

The increase in exports was a response to key customers such as Rolls-Royce extending their manufacturing presence across the globe. More than half of Accles and Pollock’s sales now come from overseas markets spanning Singapore, USA, Canada, France and Germany.

Accles & Pollock, which employs 50 people, is a leading manufacturer of rigid and flexible pipes, aerospace ducts and tube coils for high integrity applications across the aerospace, medical, nuclear, scientific, and oil and gas sectors.

Since acquiring Accles & Pollock, LIBERTY’s investment in machinery automation and increasing efficiencies across manufacturing lines has enabled the business to produce complex machined components in-house and increase its global competitiveness.