- Miss Ann MILLINGTON (Kent). Chief Executive, Kent Fire and Rescue Service.
ecoegg Managing Director Rob Knight receives the award from the Lord Lieutenant. (c) John Phipp, The Photo Team
ecoegg, a laundry products manufacturer which makes environmentally-friendly washing pellets, was presented with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle, only five months after the company’s former premises were devastated by fire.
Founder and managing director Rob Knight accepted the honour at the company’s new headquarters in Gillingham.
In June, the firm lost about £2 million in lost revenue and stock after the blaze wiped out its unit at Integra Business Park in Park Wood, Maidstone.
Despite that, the company has increased turnover by 60% this year, employing 48 people at its new premises at The Hatchery, Steelfields, in Medway.
It exports about 65% of its products, most of which are made in the UK. It has plans to expand distribution to Canada, China and Japan in 2017.
Mr Bill Ferris OBE DL who read the citation at the ceremony, is seen here being greeted on arrival by an ecoegg employee! (c) John Phipp, The Photo Team
Mr Knight said: ‘It was great to be able to come together with everybody to celebrate the Queen’s Award win and put the fire behind us.’
The firm was founded in 2008 after Mr Knight developed laundry detergent pellets that were suitable for sensitive skin, which are placed inside its laundry egg capsule.
The company has sold more than 1.2 million units since launching – the equivalent of more than 1 billion wash loads. It has also gone on to develop a range of cleaning products for dryers and kitchens.
Mr Knight said: ‘Innovation drives everything we do at ecoegg, and the laundry egg along with our growing range of other eco-friendly products, have each revolutionised the categories in which they compete.’
The Lord-Lieutenant stated in his speech: ‘You deserve the greatest admiration for the excellent work you are doing and I know you will continue to do. Very well done to you all, and long may Ecoegg flourish.’
The crystal bowl being presented by the Lord-Lieutenant to Mr David Hall, CEO for Polypipe, and pictured left, Mr Simon Howard, MD at Polypipe Terrain, Aylesford, holding the Certificate. (c) Polypipe.
A manufacturer of plastic pipe systems which exports around the world has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its international trading achievements. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is given to businesses to recognise outstanding achievement. Polypipe Terrain which has a base in Aylesford, was presented with the award by the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent at its New Hythe Business Park site which employs more than 400 staff at the premises, being the main hub for its international exports. During the ceremony the citation was read by Mr Bill Cockcroft DL and the award was presented to Mr David Hall, the company’s CEO, by the Lord-Lieutenant.
Award Winners pictured with centre, Deputy Lieutenant Major Dennis Bradley BEM DL, County and District Councillor Miss Susan Carey is on the far left and District Councillor Mrs Jenny Hollingsbee is on the far right of the photograph. Cllr Richard Chubb, Chairman of Lyminge Parish Council, is 3rd from the left. (c) Crispin Davies
Deputy Lieutenant Major Dennis Bradley BEM DL represented the Lord-Lieutenant at The Lyminge Good Citizens Awards for 2016. Lyminge is a small village with an average population of 2000 citizens and is surrounded by farmland and ancient forests. It was a wonderful occasion with about 120 villagers gathered at the village hall for the awards ceremony.
There were 22 recipients of the awards for voluntary service ranging from work as the leader of the Brownies involved with the Parish Church, and assisting at School events, to Volunteering Work within the Lyminge Association in arranging fun days, garden safaris and arranging Christmas decorations and being a member of the friends of Lyminge. The recipients of the awards were a very diverse and worthy list of participants who all worked voluntarily for their village.
Major Bradley said it was a real privilege to be able to take part in what was a very well organised occasion celebrating the voluntary work carried out by members of this active and close knit community.
Kent’s finest were honoured by The Queen with the presentation of their British Empire Medals (BEM).
Chosen for their outstanding community work and dedication, the 9 recipients, Mrs Jacqueline Clark (Goudhurst), Mr James Cooper (Canterbury), Mr Paul Emden (Folkestone), Mr Thomas Fisher (Kilndown), Mrs Ann Foat (Canterbury), Mr Michael Marshall (Folkestone), Mrs Pauline Panton (Sittingbourne), Mr Brian Sleightholm (Broadstairs) and Mr Richard Tyler (Dartford) were named in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list after the medal was reintroduced in the Diamond Jubilee year.
The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle MBE, held an Investiture at Penshurst Place to present the nine Medallists with their award, following the official announcement in June this year.
The Ceremony took place in the Sunderland Room where guests of the recipients were able to witness the Ceremony. The short citations were read by Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Richard Dixon TD DL, a Deputy Lieutenant. Two of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets, Able Cadet Laura Potts from the Dover and Deal Sea Cadet Corps and Cadet Warrant Officer Jack Etherington from 2374 Ditton Squadron, Kent Wing ATC also assisted the Lord-Lieutenant during the Ceremony. In presenting the medals on behalf of The Queen, the Lord-Lieutenant congratulated the recipients for their dedicated work on behalf of others.
All award winners pictured with centre, the Lord -Lieutenant of Kent, and to his right, Colonel Andrew Wood TD VR, Assistant Commander 11 Infantry Brigade.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle MBE held his annual awards presentation at The Canterbury Cathedral Lodge on 27th September 2016. Outstanding members of the Reserve Forces and Cadet Movements from all three services – Sea, Army and Air – were presented with medals and certificates in recognition of their dedicated service throughout the County. In addition, he has appointed 3 Lord-Lieutenant Cadets for 2017 who will accompany him on County engagements throughout the year.
Lord -Lieutenant’s Cadets 2017, from left to right: Cadet Warrant Officer Bridie Wakeford, 2520 (Tonbridge) Squadron Kent Wing Air Training Corps; Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, The Viscount De L’Isle MBE; Cadet Warrant Officer Jack Etherington 2374 (Ditton) Squadron Kent Wing Air Training Corps; Able Cadet Laura Potts, Dover and Deal Unit Sea Cadet Corps.
Shepherd Neame Best Reservist of the Year Award. Pictured from left to right: Mr Jonathan Neame DL, Chief Executive Shepherd Neame with the engraved trophy which he presented; Best Reservist of the Year Craftsman Madan Sherchan, 133 Field Company, 103 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers; The Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle MBE.
The event was attended by Colonel Andrew Wood, Assistant Commander of 11 Infantry Brigade, with dignitaries from across Kent present to witness the ceremony, which was also attended by family, friends and colleagues of those receiving awards. Congratulating all the award winners, The Lord-Lieutenant said in his speech –
“I hope that you have been impressed by the demonstration of the volunteer ethos you have heard of from the citations of the worthy recipients. I would like to thank everyone here in the Reserve Forces and Cadets, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen and Kent, for their devoted service to society.
You have heard from Colonel Andrew Wood, Assistant Commander of our local 11 Infantry Brigade, concerning regional Defence issues. The Reserves are a critical part of our Defence and are deployed on operations at home and overseas. The support that you provide to these volunteers is extremely important.
I urge you to continue to encourage a wider knowledge of their commitment.
In particular, our volunteers need the support of employers that some of you represent or know; whether it is them giving Reservists time off to train or having Human Resources Reserves-friendly policies in place. Your help is invaluable. Our Volunteer Reservists and Cadet movements are doing a spectacular job.
Their service does wonders for individuals’ personal development and employability, which should be taken into account when key members of your staff are deployed. The Ministry of Defence has revised and improved the compensation given to employers of deployed Reservists.
Similar support applies to the four cadet forces. The cadets only flourish because of the dedication of the Adult Volunteers. Unfortunately, they are dropping in numbers across the country and we need you to join us in encouraging more to serve. The Cadet Movements provide fantastic opportunities to both the cadets and their volunteer instructors.”
From left to right: Mr George Jessel DL who read the citation, The Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle who made the presentation; The Rt Hon Greg Clarke MP; Cllr David Neve, Mayor of Tunbridge Wells; Mr Tom Wilkinson, MD AXA PPP International; Mrs Jill Neve, Mayoress of Tunbridge Wells; Mr Keith Gibbs, CE AXA PPP Healthcare. (c) AXA PPP.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade was awarded to AXA PPP on the 9th September, 2016 and it recognises the substantial and sustained increase in export earnings over three consecutive 12-month periods for the company. The award, in the form of a crystal bowl, was presented by Viscount De L’Isle, the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, who was last at the company to present The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade sector in September 2011, and to open the company’s new offices.
The Lord-Lieutenant presenting the Award to Mr Tom Wilkinson. (c) AXA PPP.
The Lord-Lieutenant said of the Award:
‘May I once again congratulate everyone at AXA PPP International who has contributed to your continuing remarkable success. It is always a great pleasure to present these awards on behalf of Her Majesty, to victors based in Kent, that are making their names around the world and especially for a second award within five years. If you continue to win awards at this rate you will need to enlarge your trophy cabinet!
Today’s award again recognises what is an exceptional achievement by any standards – especially at a time of uncertainty, as Trade links with the European Union are being changed. This will mean we all need to seek out new markets across the world and build strong links with other nations. A great amount of dedication and effort by everyone in the team goes into achieving and maintaining the success recognised by this Award. I congratulate and thank each and every person involved in the company’s remarkable success story and for what you are achieving from your base in our great County of Kent.’
The International Managing Director for AXA PPP, Tom Wilkinson, said he was thrilled by the company’s recent achievement of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.
Guests at the celebration for the award included the Tunbridge Wells Mayor Councillor David Neve and Deputy Lieutenant George Jessel.
The Lord-Lieutenant would like to congratulate all those who have received Honours in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016.
Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
- Mr Simon DEAN (Tunbridge Wells). Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Challenger Troop, Community Impact Category. For services to Education.
- Mr Stephen GILLESPIE (Gillingham). Grade 6, Border Force Transformation, Home Office. For services to UK Border Security.
- Mr Martin GREENSTREET (Tunbridge Wells). Grade 7, Ministry of Defence. For services to Defence.
- Ms Harriet ACKUNSON (Swanley). Lately HEO, Faith and Integration, Department for Communities and Local Government. For services to Faith Groups.
- Mr Stephen CLEMENT (Broadstairs). Lately Senior Investigation Officer, Immigration Enforcement, Home Office. For services to Border Protection and Investigations.
- The Reverend Cindy KENT-WINSLEY (Sheerness). For services to Religious Broadcasting.
- Ms Ellen KILCULLEN (Swanley). For services to Young People in London and Essex through Children’s Organisations and voluntary service.
- Mr Charles MACLEOD For services to Defence.
- Mrs Margaret MALPAS (Longfield). Joint Chair, The British Dyslexia Association. For services to Education.
- Mrs Joan MILLS (Otford.) For services to Netball.
- Mrs Ann NOBLE (Sittingbourne). Lately Head, Tydeman Centre, The Malling School, Kent. For services to Education.
- Miss Sarah RAGSDELL (Tunbridge Wells). Data Manager, Centre for Public Appointments, Cabinet Office. For Public services to Appointments and voluntary service to Young People in Kent.
- Mr Jon REYNOLDS (Sevenoaks). Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, SwiftKey. For services to Technology.
- Mr Harshbir SANGHA (Gravesend). Head of Strategy, Science and Society, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. For services to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
- Mr David SEAR (Canterbury). For services to Girls’ and Women’s Cricket.
- Mr Alfred SMITH (Aylesford). Facilities Manager, No. 10 Downing Street. For services to No. 10 Downing Street.
- Mrs Jacqueline CLARK (Cranbrook). For services to Young People and the community in Goudhurst, Kent particularly through the Goudhurst Scout Group.
- Mr James COOPER (Canterbury). Caseworker, Canterbury Division, SSAFA. For voluntary service to Veterans.
- Mr Cyril EMDEN (Folkestone). For services to the community in Folkestone, Kent.
- Mr Thomas FISHER (Cranbrook). For services to the community and under-privileged Young People in London.
- Mr Michael MARSHALL (Folkestone). For services to the community in Capel-le-Ferne, Kent.
- Mrs PaulinePANTON (Sittingbourne). For services to the community in Tunstall and Sittingbourne, Kent.
- Mr Brian SLEIGHTHOLM (Broadstairs). For services to Tourism in Kent.