Firm receives its Queen’s Award for work abroad

ACCOLADE Members of Protec with Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan
ACCOLADE Members of Protec with Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan

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A FAREHAM firm has officially received its Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the UK’s highest accolade for business success.

Recruitment and staffing company Protec Technical Ltd won an international trade award for its work in sending skilled staff to aerospace, defence, engineering and construction industries worldwide.

The firm received its award from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan.

Mark Bishop, Protec’s managing director, said: ‘She stayed much longer than she needed to and spoke to some of the people working here.

‘It’s great to be recognised that we’re a successful company in exporting, and we’re providing jobs for British people abroad and that we’re a company that’s moving in the right direction.

‘For a small company, we do push out into quite a few countries – partly because life is tough in the UK.

‘At any one time we’re dealing with about eight different countries but I suppose we’ve put people in about 30 so far.’

The company received the award in recognition of its increased year-on-year export figures, by placing contractor staff abroad in jobs like aircraft maintenance.

In addition to its overseas placements, Protec also provides permanent technical skilled staff and contractors to the mainstream UK market in aerospace, defence, engineering and construction industries.

The award, as originally reported in The News, was first announced in April this year and representatives from the firm were invited to Buckingham Palace in July.

Protec was established in 2003 and will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

The company also qualified for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme, which is a worldwide investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing them with greater access to education, financial capital, and business support services.

Protec’s participation is through part-time activities delivered by University College, London.