Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd., based in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK, has been awarded the 2012 Queen's Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade. The Award follows three consecutive years of sustained growth in global business and market share for Focusrite, aided by the opening of offices in the United States and Germany over the period. This is the second time Focusrite have been honoured with the Award, having collected the prize in the Innovation category in 2008.
Founder and Executive Chairman Phil Dudderidge commented on news of the Award: "This is a great recognition of the outstanding growth of our international business over the past three years, well over 100%. I would like to acknowledge not only the supreme efforts of our staff in the UK and abroad but also our distribution and retail partners and not least our hundreds of thousands of customers around the world who depend on Focusrite and Novation products in their music."
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise were established in 1965 and are only given for the highest levels of excellence in the categories of Innovation, International Trade and Sustainable Development. To receive the Award in the category of International Trade, Focusrite showed a substantial and sustained increase in export earnings over three consecutive 12-month periods, to a level considered outstanding for the products and services concerned, and for the size of the organisation.
Global Sales Director Damian Hawley added, "To receive this award for our outstanding International Trade results over the last few years is an honor and a real testament to the quality of our products. We would like to give a special mention to our teams worldwide: our offices in the UK, Germany and the USA together with our Territory Managers for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Asia-Pacific and Latin America. We would also like to acknowledge the exemplary work done by our global distribution partners in more than 80 countries, as well as all of our retail partners around the world for the massive level of support that they have shown the Focusrite and Novation brands over the last few years."