His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent helps Belling celebrate 100th years of manufacture
Parent company, Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, presented with Queen’s Award for Enterprise
His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent paid a special visit to Liverpool-based cooking appliance manufacturer Belling today, Monday 23rd July, as part of the brand’s 100th birthday celebrations.
Founded in 1912 by Charles Reginald Belling with capital of just £150, a shed in Enfield and a young assistant, Belling has become one of the UK’s best loved appliance brands, with a multi-million pound turnover, worldwide exports and more than 1000 employees in the UK.
Visiting in honour of the manufacturer’s 100th anniversary, the Duke was given a full tour of Belling’s headquarters and factory for a behind-the-scenes look at how its cooking appliances are manufactured in the UK, as well as a presentation about Belling’s commitment to British manufacture.
He was also treated to a special cookery demonstration by leading chef and Belling brand ambassador, Brian Turner who prepared a lightly pickled salmon with pea mayonnaise, pea shoots and spring onion dressing live for the royal party.
Concluding the visit, the Duke officially presented Belling’s parent company, Glen Dimplex Home Appliances with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, which was given to the manufacturing group earlier this year 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.
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.”