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Nine 2021 Queen’s Awards for companies across Cambridgeshire



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Now in its 55th year, the 2021 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise has named nine Cambridgeshire winners of the UK’s most prestigious business award.

Martina King, CEO of Featurespace
Martina King, CEO of Featurespace

Cambridge-based Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is the happy recipient of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade 2021 following exponential growth in its international C-130 customer base: 17 global operators are now supported.

CEO Gary Moynehan said: “We are absolutely delighted to be a recipient of this very prestigious award in recognition of the work that our military aerospace business has done to establish itself as the global leader in C-130 maintenance and support.”

Cambridge-based medical technology company Endomag won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade as its ability to harness the power of magnetics helps improve breast cancer care globally.

Endomag’s CEO, Eric Mayes, said: “We feel so privileged to be recognised with a prestigious Queen’s Award for our hard work this year in expanding into other markets. Our technologies have so far been able to help over 130,000 women in over 40 countries.”

Featurespace received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade – its second, the first being in 2018 in Innovation, for its pioneering fraud prevention technology.

“This is a tremendous honour and underscores our commitment to excellence and to our customers,” said Dave Excell, founder of Featurespace.

Eric Mayes, CEO of Endomag. Picture: Keith Heppell
Eric Mayes, CEO of Endomag. Picture: Keith Heppell

At St John’s Innovation Centre, AlphaBio Control, which secured a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, has a portfolio of discoveries made at the convergence of natural chemistry and microbiology.

Iain Fleming, AlphaBio Control’s CEO and co-founder, said: “This is all thanks to our incredibly hard-working team...We believe there is a better, more sustainable way to feed ourselves affordably and are determined to play a leading role in this vital change of direction. This award also is a recognition of that approach.”

Also at St John’s is PervasID, the company developing best-in-class battery-free radio frequency identification readers for automating inventory and asset tracking.

“Our company has grown rapidly, with deployments around the globe, and we are delighted to have been recognised with this Queen’s Award for our innovation,” said Sabesan Sithamparanathan, PervasID’s founder and CEO.

Histon-based GW Pharmaceuticals has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation in recognition of its ground-breaking work harnessing cannabinoid science to create the world’s first regulatory approved prescription cannabis-based medicines.

“We are honoured to receive such a prestigious award for British businesses,” said Dr Geoffrey W Guy, GW’s founder and chairman. “We have led the way in understanding cannabinoid science and how, if harnessed correctly and taken through the regulatory approval pathway, it has the potential to improve the lives of patients and their families. Today, I want to thank every employee, clinician, researcher, patient and caregiver for helping advance and achieve that mission.”

Velocity Commerce co-founders Eddie Latham, left, and PJ Scott with some of their own-brand Majority Audio radios. Picture: Keith Heppell
Velocity Commerce co-founders Eddie Latham, left, and PJ Scott with some of their own-brand Majority Audio radios. Picture: Keith Heppell

Newmarket-based Almath Crucibles won the Queen’s Award for International Trade 2021. The company manufactures high purity ceramic products for a global market.

Biorbyt, also based on Cowley Road, has won the Queen’s Award for International Trade 2021 for providing life sciences communities with a broad range of quality reagents to enable ground-breaking research.

“What better way to celebrate our 10th anniversary!” said the company on social media.

Meanwhile, Bar Hill-based Majority Audio, which is owned by Velocity Commerce, won the 2021 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category.

“We are thrilled to achieve such a high honour after managing to thrive during the pandemic in 2020,” said the company on social media.

Congratulations to all.



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