Portsmouth sea survival firm gets royal recognition

Kevin Rough and Dame Mary Fagan
Kevin Rough and Dame Mary Fagan
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A SEA survival kit manufacturer in Portsmouth has received its Queen’s Award for Enterprise from one of Her Majesty’s representatives.

Each year, dozens of businesses are given the respected prizes by the Queen for innovation, international trade and sustainable development.

Daniamant Ltd in Airport Service Road, Copnor, is one of 39 companies to be recognised this year for its innovation.

The firm, which has 40 employees, opened in 2006 following the sale of another company.

In a speech to employees and representatives of the Queen, including the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan, general manager, Kevin Rough, said: ‘Personally I think this is a huge achievement for Daniamant. I have been in manufacturing for 26 years and I believe passionately in UK manufacturing, that we can compete with anyone in the world, even China.

‘This award demonstrates just that, a small company from Portsmouth can innovate and export and be recognised alongside companies like BAE and the Jaguars of the world.

‘It shows what talent we have here in the south and in the UK and is the key to growing this country’s exports.

‘I am particularly proud of my team here in Portsmouth.

‘They have always worked very hard to design and manufacture new products, one of which now has international recognition.

‘We have received this award on the eve of our eighth birthday so it shows the progression we have made over this time.’