Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North Firms Named as Queen's Award Winners; AWARDS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North Firms Named as Queen's Award Winners; AWARDS

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Byline: COREENA FORD coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk

THREE North East firms demonstrating outstanding achievements in international trade have been named as winners of the Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has unveiled the 141 winners of the Queen's Awards for Enterprise and six individual recipients of the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion.

And North Shields-based Elfab Ltd, Oil Consultants Ltd of Washington and Advanced Industrial Solutions Ltd (AIS) have been singled out as the three winners from the region who have been recognised for their contribution to enterprise within international trade.

The Queen's Awards scheme is regarded as the most prestigious business awards in the country and this year - the 50th anniversary - 105 businesses received awards for international trade, 24 for innovation and 12 for sustainable development.

Specialist recruitment agency Oil Consultants Ltd won its third Queen's Award in six years for its international trade prowess. The Washington firm said the award comes on the back of skills shortages in the global oil and gas industry.

The PS31m company was formed in 1999 by oil industry workers who spotted an opportunity in the market. With international sales of over PS26m, it now provides individuals and teams of technical personnel to clients in over 95 countries.

Three years ago the firm launched an ambitious growth plan that saw it double staff numbers as well as establishing operations in Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Norway, Trinidad, the UAE and the US.

The growth plans were, however, put on hold last month when many of the oil industry firms it deals with announced huge losses because of the plunging price of oil around the world.

Helen Smith, chief executive, said: "We are absolutely thrilled to have been given this award - it is a huge credit to all our staff who work so hard to support our clients and consultants.

"To have received the award for a third time is an outstanding achievement and one which we are extremely proud of."

North Shields-based Elfab Ltd is also celebrating becoming a winner. …

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