Scottish business excellence celebrated in second year of The King’s Awards for Enterprise


THE recipients of The King’s Awards for Enterprise have been announced, celebrating the achievements of UK businesses. 

This year, 13 businesses in Scotland have been recognised by His Majesty The King as among the best in the country.

Businesses like these are central to delivering on the government’s priority to grow our economy – from creating new opportunities and supporting people into work through to developing new innovations and exporting the best of Britain around the world.

The full list of recipients from Scotland are:

  • Monitor Systems Scotland, Aberdeen, International Trade category
  • Maritime Developments, Westhill, International Trade category
  • James Johnston & Co. of Elgin, Elgin, International Trade category
  • Vascutek Ltd, Trading as Terumo Aortic, Inchinnan, Innovation category
  • SnapDragon Monitoring, Edinburgh, International Trade category
  • Mike Stoane Lighting, Loanhead, Sustainable Development and Innovation categories
  • Perle Hotels, Portree, International Trade category
  • Liquid Gas Equipment Ltd. trading as Babcock LGE, Rosyth, Innovation category
  • Rohr Aero Services, Prestwick, International Trade category
  • JST Services (Floating Piers), Ayr, Innovation category
  • Deep Casing Tools, Aberdeenshire, International Trade category
  • Sarco Stopper, Broxburn, Innovation category
  • ERIBÉ Knitwear, Melrose, International Trade category

Minister for Enterprise Kevin Hollinrake said: 

“I congratulate the incredible Scottish businesses who have received a King’s Awards for Enterprise this year. 

“Businesses like JST Services who exemplify innovation, and Eribé Knitwear who are exporting British excellence across the globe truly inspire confidence in the British enterprise.

“I wish them every success and commend the invaluable contributions they make to communities both at home and overseas, helping to grow the UK economy.”

JST is a logistics company active in the port services sector, providing operations throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. JST’s innovative mobile Floating Piers have made it possible for large capacity cargo ships to berth directly adjacent to remote forests. The Piers are part of the broader drive towards Net Zero, with each cargo ship loaded at one of the piers removing some 200 HGV truck journeys from Scotland’s rural roads.

Richard Jennings, Managing Director of JST Services Group, said:

“As a service business, receiving the Kings Award for Innovation is an absolute honour for the company and a huge testament to our employees, partners and customers.”

ERIBÉ Knitwear Ltd create comfort and joy with exceptional, colourful, Scottish knitwear that is sold to the international marketplace. ERIBÉ have been recognised in the International Trade category of the King’s Awards.

Rosemary Eribé, CEO and founder at ERIBÉ Knitwear, said:

“Being awarded the King’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade is a real honour. It is about all of us, the award recognises how focused teamwork can create such magic and success.

“We see this award as celebrating and recognising the incredible work done by our retailers, suppliers, agents, and team ERIBE in bringing stunning knitwear to our customers.”

SnapDragon provides trusted, effective online brand protection for businesses, large and small, around the world. SnapDragon has been recognised in the International Trade category of the King’s Awards.

Rachel Jones, Founder of SnapDragon said:

“We are over the moon to have our international sales growth over the last three years recognised by a King’s Award.

“Having founded the business to help SMEs avoid the same pains I went through when my invention was counterfeited, we are honoured to now also be working, and growing, with global brands to protect them, their customers and revenues, all around the world.”

The King’s Awards for Enterprise were previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and were renamed last year to reflect His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II by recognising outstanding UK businesses. The Award programme, now in its 58th year, has awarded over 7,000 companies since its inception in 1965.

UK Government Minister for Scotland Donald Cameron said:

“The winners are all outstanding in their field. From creating hi-tech marine equipment to improving water conservation technology and delivering solutions to treat heart disease, their expertise cements Scotland’s status as a world leader in innovation.

“I want to congratulate all the winners and encourage firms across Scotland to enter next year’s awards to inspire our next generation of business pioneers.”

This year’s King’s Awards for Enterprise are given for outstanding achievement in:

  • Innovation 
  • International trade 
  • Sustainable development 
  • Promoting opportunity through social mobility 

His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenants will be presenting the Awards to businesses locally throughout the year.

Eligible businesses are free to apply for one or more categories. The recipients pass a robust assessment process, judged by experts from industry, academia, the voluntary sector and senior officials in Whitehall.

On that basis, each year, The King’s Awards for Enterprise recipients are recommended by the Prime Minister. 

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