Flying the flag for the East of England

Nine regional businesses get the royal seal of approval in the 2021 Queen's Awards for Enterprise list

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are a way of celebrating the success of the UK's most exciting and innovative businesses. Whether a small business with a great innovative product or service or a larger company running an impressive social mobility programme, the awards are a prestigious way to recognise significant contribution to enterprise.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are awarded to businesses for outstanding achievement in four categories; International Trade, Innovation, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility), to recognise businesses who promote social mobility.

In 2021 the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor region has received a total of 10 awards across 9 businesses.  Winners will be invited to a Royal reception and will be presented with the award at their company by one of The Queen’s representatives, a Lord-Lieutenant. Additionally, the winning businesses will be able to fly The Queen’s Awards flag at their main office and use the emblem on marketing materials.  To find out how your business can apply to The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise next year click here.

Read on below to find out the innovative Tech Corridor businesses that have won the royal seal of approval in 2021:

 Outstanding achievements in Innovation

  • AlphaBio Control Ltd, CAMBRIDGE
    AgriTech.  The award specifically relates to their bio-insecticide, FLiPPER.  FLiPPER is a bio-insecticide that provides effective control of the sucking pests (that would otherwise spread viral diseases and destroy crops) but works in a way that is much less harmful to populations of pollinators and other beneficial insects that are resident in arable fields.
  • Cobalt Aerospace Ltd, HINGHAM, near Norwich
    Aerospace. The award relates to their flagship product, Cobalt Spectrum, a drop-in LED mood lighting system for aircraft cabins. Boasting high reliability and one of the most comprehensive feature sets on the market, Cobalt Spectrum lighting units are currently flying with many flag carrier airlines and prestigious operators worldwide.
    Manufacturing,  Recognised for their work on the world’s most accurate passive (battery-free) radio frequency identification (RFID) tracking technology.

Outstanding achievements in International Trade

  • Ansible Motion, HETHEL
    Automotive Technology, Ansible Motion produce Driver-in-the-Loop simulators for advanced vehicle engineering, used by major global automotive manufacturers. The Norfolk firm has been granted The Queen’s Award after proving it had achieved outstanding growth in overseas earnings relative to its business size and sector, as well year-on-year growth in overseas sales in the last three years.
  • Biorbyt, CAMBRIDGE
    Life Science. Biorbyt were recognised for their role in providing life science communities with a broad range of quality reagents to enable ground-breaking research.
  • Cobalt Aerospace Ltd, HINGHAM, nr Norwich
    Aerospace, Design and manufacture of products for aircraft interiors, including lighting, wireless charging, and floor marking.   Aside from Cobalt Aerospace, just four other UK businesses were honoured in both the ‘Innovation’ and ‘International Trade’ categories.
  • Endomag, CAMBRIDGE
    MedTech, A minimally-invasive surgical guidance system to provide a better standard of breast cancer care. It is the second time that Endomag has received the royal seal of approval, having also been selected as a recipient of the Queen’s Award for Innovation back in 2018.
  • Featurespace, CAMBRIDGE
    FinTech, Featurespace’s ARIC Risk Hub detects and prevents financial crime using their custom solution, Adaptive Behavioural Analytics.  Featurespace was recently recognized in The Sunday Times’ Sage Tech Track 100, which celebrates Britain’s private technology companies with the fastest-growing sales. The company also recently received a Business Culture Award for “Culture in a Crisis” by demonstrating strength in its strong culture before and during the pandemic.
  • Military Aerospace, a division of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, CAMBRIDGE
    Aerospace, The award recognises the exponential growth in Marshall’s International C-130 customer base which now sees the business support 17 global operators enabling the business to deliver export sales in excess of £162 million over the three year period between January 2017-December 2019. This is the third time in eight years that Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has been a recipient of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise having been previously recognised for International Trade in 2013 and Innovation in 2016
  • Velocity Commerce, CAMBRIDGE
    Electrical Manufacturing, Consumer electronics and quality home audio products. Velocity Commerce was named one of the fastest-growing companies in Europe in the 2020 FT 1000 report. With an absolute revenue growth of 521.6% and revenue CAGR of 83.9%, we are the 319th fastest growing company in Europe.