Queen's Award

Glen Dimplex Home Appliances Wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise
The UK’s Most Prestigious Business Award Granted to GDHA for Success of its British-Made Products Overseas

Leading cooking appliance manufacturer Glen Dimplex Home Appliances (GDHA) has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2012 in the International Trade category after overseas sales of its British-made products increased by 880 per cent. 

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are the UK's most prestigious accolades for business performance, and recognise and reward outstanding achievement. They are made each year by Her Majesty the Queen, on the recommendation of an advisory committee that includes representatives of Government, industry and commerce, and trade unions.

The International Trade Award recognises companies who have delivered an outstanding performance in international trade resulting in substantial growth.  
Merseyside-based GDHA announced its intention to export its home-grown Stoves, Belling and New World cooking appliances in 2009 and over the last three years has delivered record financial performance, growing its revenues by a total of 880%. During that time it has expanded rapidly in overseas markets, exporting successfully to Australia, France, Spain, Belgium, Cyprus and Holland and, more recently, building relationships with Poland, Germany and Israel.
GDHA has achieved its success by actively marketing and labelling its products as ‘Made in Britain’ and by building strategic relationships with distributors and agents. 

Denver Hewlett, Chief Executive of Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, said:  “Winning this award is a huge honour and is testament to the hard work of our international business team which includes people from all areas of the business.  Without this business wide approach we could not have achieved this level of success.  The quality of our product offering has been a significant factor in winning this new business in new markets. 

“We are a British manufacturer operating in a challenging marketplace and competing against a number of overseas players, but we firmly believe that Made in Britain is a mark of quality and our overseas customers agree.

“We have achieved exceptional growth internationally and plan to build on this success by continuing to expand our distribution network.”

GDHA employs more than 1,000 people at its manufacturing facility at Prescot, Merseyside.

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For further information, please contact:

Ali Gritt ali@umpf.co.uk or Pip Morrall pip@umpf.co.uk in the GDHA Press Office 0800 4 10 20 10.

Speaking at the ceremony the Vice Lord Lieutenant said: “You have built a reputation for excellence and I want to congratulate you all on your success, for the Queen’s Award is a great honour to all the people involved in every aspect of the business.

“It is the result of vision, commitment, application and sheer hard work by you all. The award recognises the results of teamwork under positive leadership and it certainly sets a standard of achievement that will be hard to beat.

“I’m sure Glen Dimplex will continue to prosper to the benefit of those you employ, the county of Merseyside and, indeed, the whole United Kingdom.”

Denver Hewlett, Chief Executive of Belling, said: “It is a hugely significant year for Great Britain, the royal family and Belling and it was a real honour to welcome the Duke to our headquarters to help mark our centenary celebrations. 

“Belling has a rich heritage and has played an important role in British manufacture for the past century. It was fantastic to be able to commemorate this by showing the Duke how our appliances are made right here in Liverpool and give our dedicated and hardworking staff the opportunity to be part of this momentous day. 

“Being officially presented with the Queen’s Award from the Duke rounded off a wonderful occasion – it is an accolade that we are extremely proud of and marks many years of hard work by people across the business.”