Focusrite Audio Engineering Limited, based in High Wycombe, UK, has been awarded the 2016 Queen's Award for Enterprise for International Trade. The Award follows seven consecutive years of sustained growth in global business and market share for Focusrite. This is the third time Focusrite has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, having collected prizes for Innovation in 2008, and International Trade in 2012.
Founder and Executive Chairman Phil Dudderidge commented on news of the Award:
"This is a great recognition of the outstanding growth of our business over the past seven years, during which period group revenue has increased fivefold, with over 80% of our business now coming from international trade. 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 making."
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 Marketing and Sales Director Damian Hawley added,
"To receive this award for the second time in four years for our outstanding International Trade results is a real testament to the quality of our products and we are honoured to be recognised once again. We would like to thank our teams 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, as well as all of our retail partners around the world for the significant level of support that they have shown the Focusrite, RedNet and Novation brands over the last few years.”