21 April, 2008 – Queen's Enterprise Awards will honour North West companies
The annual Queen's Award for Enterprise is announced with many Greater Manchester companies being praised for their achievements in business.
Three Greater Manchester businesses have won awards, while the boss of Rochdale-based Celltek Communications, Zulfiqar Ali, has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, which recognises an outstanding individual contribution.
Salford company I & G Cohen, and Quest Personal Care Products of Radcliffe, won awards in the international business category, while Sale-based Trinity Integrated Systems won an enterprise award for developing a unique software translation tool for safety engineers.
I&G Cohen, a £5m-turnover business based in Pendleton, exports unwanted and disgarded clothes, shoes and handbags to Africa, India and Eastern Europe.
The family business, launched by father and son Israel and Gerald Cohen in 1959, said it was ‘proud and delighted’ to receive the award.
The business, now run by Gerald’s son Elliot and son-in law Philip Geller, employs more than 40 people.
In the last three years the company’s export earnings have increased by more than 270 per cent from diverse markets in Eastern Europe, Africa and Pakistan.
Elliot said: "With our 50th birthday coming next year, we are all proud and delighted.
"My father, who is retired now, is absolutely thrilled. To me, our success has been built on the loyalty of our suppliers and the dedication of our staff."
Antony Wagman, founder of Quest Personal Care Products, said he was ‘proud and delighted’ to win the award.
Mr Wagman, 41, set up the disposable personal hygiene products maker in 1989.
The company manufactures 20 billion cotton buds a year in its joint-venture Far East operations. It also makes cotton wool pads, plasters, tissues and wipes, selling globally to importers, distributors and some of the world’s best-known names in the retail industry .
He said: "Quest was only a concept 20 years ago, and over the years the concept became reality – and the reality grew!"
Quest now trades in over 50 countries worldwide, employing some 500 people and manufacturing for a selection of top names in global commerce, selling house brands as well as customer’s own private label products.
The £10m-turnover business is set to grow at 25 per cent a year, following the recent acquisition of a rival.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown praised the winners, commenting: "Queen’s Award winning companies are standard-bearers for the very best of British business. These firms embody the spirit of enterprise and innovation that is so vital to the future of Britain’s economy."
Source: Manchester Evening News