Lord Lieutenant presents Queens Award to Sheffield Manufacturing Company

22nd September 2015

Sheffield-based President Engineering Group Ltd, a manufacturer of specialist products to the industrial gas and energy sectors worldwide, hosted a special event recently (16th September) to mark the official presentation of the Queens Award for International Trade to the company by the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire Mr Andrew Coombs, on behalf of HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

Over 100 staff from its Bestobell, Conflow and Bretby Gammatech divisions attended the event held at its factory on President Way. This included the presentation of the citation (scroll) to Bernie Harris, assembly operative who is one of the longest serving staff members having worked at the company for 25 years and the symbol to Nicola Livsey, a member of the marketing team who was responsible for entering the Queens Awards. Marie Cooper, Finance Director at President Engineering Group Ltd, said: -It was a great honour to welcome the Lord Lieutenant to our business to present this prestigious award to our staff. The Queens Award is a reflection of everyone's efforts and contributions which has enabled us to build our reputation for world class manufacturing. We would like to thank the Lord Lieutenant for attending and making this such a memorable and special day. Sheffield-based PEGL was one of only 105 firms in the UK to achieve this prestigious accolade (for International Trade), which is due to its outstanding overseas sales growth over the last three years. This was the first Queens' Award that the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire had presented since taking up office earlier this year. Marie Cooper added: -With our export business continuing to grow, we are entering a very exciting era and it is fantastic that we have been able to achieve this accolade in our fifth year. Back in July, PEGL director John Waddington and Charlie Bott, the company's longest serving employee (44 years) attended Buckingham Palace to officially receive the Queens Award for International Trade. The visit by the Lord Lieutenant was an opportunity by PEGL to bring all its staff together to collectively celebrate and recognise everyone's contribution to the company's success. Established in 2010, President Engineering Group Ltd generates 88 per cent of its turnover from export. The company is made up of three business units: Bestobell which manufactures valves for the industrial, marine and liquefied natural gas industries; Conflow, produces safety equipment for the mining industry and Bretby Gammatech, which designs and produces monitoring equipment for mining. At the same time as growing its exports in countries such as South Korea, China and the USA, the company has increased its manufacturing capability here in the UK, whilst investing in new equipment and technology and has increased its staffing levels by 21% in the past three years. Achieving the prestigious Queens Awards for International Trade follows on from PEGL winning the 'Manufacturer of the Year' title in the national finals of the British Chamber of Commerce's Annual Chamber Awards 2014. For more information, visit the website www.pegl.co.uk.

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