Royal recognition for Fareham firm

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A Segensworth filtration specialist has enjoyed royal recognition for its exports.

Porvair Filtration Group, an international leader in filtration and separation, received the Queen’s Award for its Enterprise in International Trade Award – the UK’s highest accolade for business success.

The Queen’s Award was publicly conferred on Porvair back in April but a further presentation by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson took place on Monday at the head office in Concorde Close, where he presented a Grant of Appointment and a specially-engraved crystal bowl.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Fareham, Councillor Mike Ford and his wife Anne, as well as the MP for Fareham, Suella Fernandes were also invited.

Porvair’s managing director, Tom Liddell said: ‘It’s been a fantastic couple of years for Porvair, and the Queen’s Award has undoubtedly been the icing on the cake.

‘The business has seen a significant appetite for its UK-manufactured products in recent times, and our strong export sales have reflected that, bringing us to the attention of the Queen’s Award judges.

‘To receive ongoing royal recognition of our performance has been exceptionally rewarding – from the initial media announcement, to our attendance at Buckingham Palace, and now this further presentation from Hampshire’s Lord-Lieutenant.

‘Our hard-working staff have also been granted permission to use the prestigious Queen’s Award emblem for the next five years, which has been another pleasing aspect of the recognition.

‘The award has already served to enhance our reputation at home and overseas, and we believe it will continue to do so, helping to put UK expertise on the map.’

Porvair was recognised for its substantial growth in overseas business, achieving increased year-on-year growth in sales of exported products over the past three years.

Since 2011, the company has seen its export sales rise by 140 per cent, amounting to 69 per cent of its total sales from its UK operations.

The significant increase in export has been due to the company’s success in markets such as coal gasification in Asia, bioscience and nuclear in the USA and the general industrial process filtration in Europe.

Porvair representatives also attended a special reception at Buckingham Palace in July in honour of UK companies who have shown exceptional success.