Her Majesty the Queen's Representative in County Down

The Queen's Award for Enterprise




There were 2 winners in County Down in 2020. Both were in the International Trade section.    The first was George Lowden Guitars based in Downpatrick. George Lowden is a luthier, he constructs steel and nylon string acoustic guitars by hand without any UV finishing as well as solid-body electric guitars. 
    The second company was the Technical Metals Group from Newtownards. Technical Metals offer customers a wide range of anodising and surface preparation processes, which include clear, black, bright and half bright anodising, beadblasting, buffing, finishing, clear chemical treatment and aluprinting. Their services are provided to a wide range of customers including the aerospace industry, defence, telecommunications, electronics, computer, pharmaceutical, street furniture, architectural, wind turbine and general engineering sectors.

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Due to the Covid-19 crisis, no arrangements have yet been made for presentation of the awards. It is hoped that we will be able to arrange these later in the year.

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 The Queen’s Award for Enterprise was won in 2019 in the International Trade category by Shnuggle. The award ceremony was held at their new premises in Bangor on 11th October & was attended by all their staff, directors, investors & others that have assisted them. After the ceremony the Lord Lieutenant was shown around the premises & viewed the warehouse & development & design offices.  

Shungle are based in Bangor although most of their manufacturing is done in China. However they now distribute their products for sale in Europe from the warehouse in Bangor. They launched the first hypoallergenic and wickerless Moses baby basket in the autumn of 2009, assembling baskets in their garage and packing orders when their kids had gone to bed. They developed their vision for Shnuggle – to make life easier and safer for growing families. They now have a growing range of innovative products across SleepTime, BathTime and ChangeTime with over 50 consumer, industry and business awards. Tried and tested by parents and recognised for their innovation and design. Last year they sold 1 of the Shnuggle baby baths every 30 seconds!

Link to Shnuggle Web site


 The award was also won in 2018 by Unicorn Ltd. Their address is in County Antrim but the actual factory is on the County Down side of the River Lagan! As a result of the muddle & Unicorn Ltd being extremely busy the presentation of the award was not made until December 2019!    The Lord Lieutenant attended a presentation ceremony at the factory on the last working day before Christmas & met a good number of the employees & directors. Unicorn Ltd occupy the old Coca Cola site in Lambeg. Unicorn Ltd won the award for International Trade.
    Unicorn Group is a conglomerate which manufactures a wide range of high-quality products including medical and recycling bins, washroom products,vending machines and floor tiles. The company exports to 42 countries worldwide with core markets being the UK, Europe, Middle East, India and South America. The Group has recorded a sales increase of 28% in the last two years.


Link to Unicorn Web site


The 2021 application round opens on 1 May and closes at midday on 9 September.
    There are four Award categories which UK businesses, charities and public authority units can apply for: Innovation, International Trade, Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility) and Sustainable Development.
    We are currently refocussing the Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility)Award category and applications will open at a later date.
    Applicants do not need to be an exporter in order to apply for:-   Innovation, Promoting Opportunity and Sustainable Development.
    Applicants scan - and they often do - & apply for more than one Award category.
    UK subsidiaries of foreign owned companies can apply if they meet the eligibility criteria.
    It’s free to enter although some shortlisted applicants may be charged a fee by their independent accountants/auditors to verify the commercial figures.

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