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Robert Welch wins Queen's Award for Enterprise

British design-led tabletop and lifestyle company Robert Welch Designs, wins prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation, the highest accolade for business success

British design company, Robert Welch, has joined an elite number of business in being awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation, the UK’s highest accolade for business success.

The award is in recognition of the unique integrated sharpening and storage capabilities incorporated into its Signature Knife Block Set, which has resulted in the Signature range making a significant and increasing contribution to the company’s continued growth.

Last year also saw the family business receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade, after increasing its year-on-year overseas sales 29% in the preceding five years. The company says its sales of the Signature range have never been so buoyant.

Design Director, Paul deBretton Gordon: “As a brand we had been predominantly known for our cutlery products, so developing a knife storage solution together with integrated sharpening options, presented a substantial challenge to the business. Equally, we recognised a significant gap in the market versus traditional wooden knife blocks. This is what the Innovation Award really stands for. It underscores the whole DNA of the company and just how much care is taken in designing and developing products that are not just aesthetically appealing, but can also provide greatly improved functionality.”

“This award especially recognises the hugely talented team here at Robert Welch - and to be part of an elite group of Queen’s Award winners for a second year running is a real honour and brings a sense of pride to everyone involved.”

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