Winners of the accolade in 2009 and 2012, Oxfordshire-based Meech International has been granted the award for sustained year on year growth in overseas sales over the last three years, with overseas earnings growing by 64% in that period.
The Awards are made each year by the Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is assisted by an Advisory Committee that includes representatives of Government, industry and commerce, and the trade unions.
“It’s a huge honour to have been selected for a Queen’s Award for the third time,” says Meech CEO Chris Francis. “I am delighted that the hard work and dedication put in by our staff around the world has been recognised once again.
“Meech has and will always endeavour to develop innovative products in close consultation with our customers and the wider industry. We want to learn what the issues are and devise the most appropriate solutions for them. We continually invest in R&D to ensure that we can supply these products to our export markets across the globe.”
Meech’s success is driven by a strategy that focuses sales activity into specific geographic areas and market segments where the company’s products can be differentiated over those of competitors, and where the company can identify and build relationships with customers.
A third Queen’s Award in ten years is proof of how effectively Meech has employed this strategy and built successful partnerships with businesses around the world. “The award is recognition of the sustained sales growth we’ve achieved over several years,” Francis concludes. “And at the heart of that success is the fact that we’re so much more than just a supplier to our customers. We are very much a business partner, heavily invested in their success and able to tailor our products and services to individual business needs. Committing to this strategy has delivered us substantial growth year on year for well over a decade now and we expect this trend to continue in the years to come. We’re proud and delighted to have received three Queen’s Awards in the last ten years, but we’ll be striving for even more in the next ten.”