A booming Wigan firm is celebrating winning the most coveted business prize in the country.
For leading manufacturer and supplier of window components, Thermoseal Group, were proclaimed winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise - by Her Majesty herself.
The Martland Park-based company triumphed in the 2017 International Trade category and follows other big honours for its exporting prowess at the Wigan Business Awards and the Amazon Growing Business Awards.
Following the royal announcement, winners are permitted to fly The Queen’s Awards flags across their UK sites and are invited to offer input into the development and delivery of policies across Whitehall.
Winners will be invited to a Buckingham Palace reception and the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, The Queen’s local representative, will later this year present the award in trophy form.
Thermoseal MD Gwain Paterson said: “I’m honoured to accept such a great compliment to the business and recognition for all of the efforts of my colleagues in Wigan and at our other UK sites over the past few years.
“It is of course, with thanks to our customers and suppliers for their continued support that we have achieved such an esteemed accolade. Since our initial plan to develop the business from primarily UK distribution of imported products to manufacturing our own energy-efficient components – Thermobar and Thermoflex Warm Edge Spacer Systems - in Martland Park, I rarely get time to sit back and look at what a great business we are building and how impressive it is.
“We have been focused on setting up production sites and developing our own bespoke equipment and processes, as well as our innovation centre and laboratory facilities, and then upscaling everything to meet the growing demand.
“In addition, we have done all this whilst developing the infrastructure of the National business, up-skilling our current staff and taking on a whole production team.
“We have seen steady growth over the past few years, but particularly in the past year we have really started to make an impact on export markets, some of which where our products are already the leading energy-efficient option.
“We now manufacture over 50 per cent of the products we supply as opposed to less than five per cent in 2008. In terms of export, we ship from Wigan to over 22 different countries in Europe, USA, South America, Asia, Australia and Oceania.
“Growth in export has been significant over the past year and is set to continue in the future. Although I’m not generally the kind of person to blow my own trumpet, our awards successes so far prove that our business is impressive in any industry and my colleagues deserve the recognition for their continued efforts.
“I’d like to say a personal thank you to everyone involved in our successes to date.”
Thermoseal is now the UK’s leading supplier and manufacturer of insulated glass components, including spacer bars found in double glazing frames.