Portsmouth company celebrates top innovation title from the Queen

From left, Lady Mayoress of Portsmouth Leza Tremorin, with the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor David Fuller, Graeme Gibbon Brookes of Dryad Maritime and the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Nigel Atkinson 
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From left, Lady Mayoress of Portsmouth Leza Tremorin, with the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor David Fuller, Graeme Gibbon Brookes of Dryad Maritime and the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Nigel Atkinson Picture Ian Hargreaves (161250-1)

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HER Majesty the Queen has awarded a security firm a prestigious accolade for its work protecting the globe’s shipping routes from pirates.

Dryad Maritime scooped the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in April this year.

The accolade is given to an elite band of businesses in the UK on the recommendation of the prime minister.

The title was presented to the company yesterday at its base in Portsmouth Technopole, Kingston Crescent, Buckland, by Hampshire’s Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Nigel Atkinson.

Dryad founder Graeme Gibbon Brooks said it was an incredible achievement for a company set up in 2007.

He said: ‘This is huge for us. It speaks volumes of our fighting spirit, sheer hard work and determination. I’m incredibly proud of all my team and their achievements.’

Dryad received the award for its innovation in the maritime sector.

The firm has 32 employees – more than 70 per cent of whom are ex-navy.

Its mission is to keep global shipping firms safe, advising them of the latest terror and pirate threats in the region.

Portsmouth Lord Mayor David Fuller attended the awards ceremony. He said: ‘Today is an incredibly proud moment for the city.’

Only 254 awards were presented this year – 48 in the south east and just seven in Hampshire.