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Three Rotherham firms win Queen’s Awards for Enterprise


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Three Rotherham companies are celebrating winning a Queen’s Awards for Enterprise – the UK’s most prestigious business awards.

AESSEAL, a mechanical seal manufacturer with its Head Office in Templeborough, has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category for a specialised mixer seal of the type required in vaccine manufacture and other complex industrial operations.

This is the 12th Queen’s Award received by AESSEAL plc and the 14th for the AES Engineering Ltd. Group.

The Short Canister Mixer Seal which is the subject of the latest award is the world’s first Zone 0, 1 and 2 range certified mixer seal, based on a modular platform and is capable of sealing the most difficult applications in the world by design.

AESSEAL is the last remaining UK manufacturer of a full line of mechanical seals after their largest competitor moved its UK manufacturing base to the Czech Republic a decade ago.

Chris Rea, Managing Director and Founder, said: “Without a shadow of doubt a Queen’s Award is the greatest single honour that can be bestowed on a business and the value to the morale and motivation of myself and my colleagues is incalculable.

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“Part of our drive for excellence has been the motivation to be able to fly a Queen’s Award for Enterprise flag continuously since 1989 and now we will have the right and privilege to be able to do so for the next five years.”

Marsden, a medical device company which helped an A&E nurse to realise the potential in her idea to administer potentially life-saving treatment has also been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.

Launched in 2018, today, the Marsden Patient Transfer Scale is used in 65% of all NHS Trusts across the UK and also sold worldwide.

Mark Holdaway, Chief Executive Officer of Templeborough-based Marsden, said: “Marsden has a long history of innovation in the healthcare sector and when we were approached with the original idea, we knew it could potentially be a product which would change the way in which patients were treated across the world.”

SJM Alloys & Metals Ltd wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years.

Headquartered in Loughton, Essex, SJM has its main operations base in Rotherham. It is a dealer, processor and recycler of super alloys, specialty steels and refractory metal scraps.

Overseas sales have increased year on year over three years from £16.1m to £40.8m a total growth of 152.7% with overseas sales accounting for over 90% of total sales. The company sells across Europe, USA and Asia and its top five markets currently are Germany, USA, Luxembourg, France and Japan. Its newest market is Japan.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “The past year has been a tough time for many businesses across the UK, which is why it is more important than ever to celebrate the achievements of our wealth creators and recognise the contributions they make to our communities.

“In the last 12 months, British businesses showed the entrepreneurial spirit that this country is renowned for, continuing to drive social mobility, find new markets to export to and produce innovative products and services.

“I congratulate this year’s winners and I wish every business that applied for an award this year every success in the future as we build back better from the pandemic.”

Images: AESSEAL / Marsden / SJM

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Tom Austen
Tom grew up in Aston, Rotherham and studied Human Geography at Nottingham Trent University before developing a passion for promoting Rotherham and a nose for a good story.


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