The Queen's Awards Magazine 2016

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Gripple Ltd gripple received its first Queen’s award for international trade in 2008. characterised by the company’s enduring commitment to innovation, the organisation remains a constantly evolving, global business in 2016. Since initial beginnings as manufacturers of an ingenious, patented wire joiner and tensioner for agricultural fencing, the company underwent its first major evolution when it adapted the Gripple fastener for use in industrial suspension kits, a market which now brings a large portion of the company’s sales. Recent years have seen Gripple branch out still further, into seismic bracing and civil construction markets which have both benefitted from the patented Gripple technology. Such progression means this year’s Queen’s Award for International Trade is awarded to a business now selling to a customer base of over 5,000, operating in 80 countries, and generating 86% of annual turnover from export trade.

per annum, 25% of turnover generated by new products, 100% employee ownership, and profit and capital serving the members. A refreshing approach for a large multi-national organisation, Gripple, alongside GLIDE (Growth Led Innovation Driven Employee Owned Business), the group established by Facey to represent the people employed by Gripple and its sister companies, remains a shining example of business structure and development, and won the Employee Ownership Association’s Best Employee Owned Business Award at its 2015 awards evening in November last year. 2016 represents another year of exciting growth and opportunity. With record performances in Gripple’s India and Europe operations characterising a strong first quarter performance, alongside the roll-out of the company’s Automation arm as a stand-alone business, the next chapter in Gripple’s evolution is sure to be befittingly progressive. GRIPPLE LTD The Old West Gun Works, Savile Street East, Sheffield S4 7UQ Tel: +44 (0)114 275 2255 Fax: +44 (0)114 275 1155 h gripple I @Grippleltd P GrippleTV p gripple-limited y +Gripple Ltd

Gripple’s Standard Hanger, used to suspend a variety of building services in construction applications

Gripple now employs over 500 people across sites in Sheffield, Obernai, Chicago and New Delhi, and continues to plan for future growth, with one of its three Sheffield sites – the Riverside Works – undergoing an extension which will more than double the footprint, later this year. The business experienced 17% growth in 2015, with Gripple’s European HQ in Obernai, France

a further 14% growth projected by the end of 2016. Such projections are driven by Chairman and founder, Hugh Facey’s blueprint for the business; 10-15% growth

Haystack Dryers Ltd

HCS Control Systems Ltd

Haystack dryers is delighted to have

Hcs, based in glenrothes, designs, manufactures and services a range of hydraulic and electrical equipment for the subsea oil and gas sector. Our umbilical reelers and sheaves are custom-

Haystack Dryer at Six Flags Great

received the Queen’s award for Enterprise in international trade. Haystack manufactures and operates a fleet of body dryers for use in

Adventure, New Jersey

designed to meet our clients’ requirements. We also supply hydraulic power units, topside umbilical termination units and a range of subsea distribution systems. HCS has a range of equipment for rental – a fleet of testing & flushing workshops and high


theme parks, waterparks and other leisure facilities worldwide. The Queen’s Award acknowledges our impressive international growth, where we have increased our geographic footprint from a handful of countries, to over 35 across Europe, the United States and Asia. Haystack’s growth is predominantly based on a successful leasing model, allowing us to build strong and sustainable relationships with clients, including Universal Studios, Centerparcs, Busch Gardens and Legoland. We pride ourselves on providing a high quality product and ongoing service. The Queen’s Award is a real honour for our entire team who have worked incredibly hard over the years to achieve the growth and success that we are now celebrating in winning this prestigious award. HAYSTACK DRYERS LTD Unit 1, Pintail Business Park, 165 Christchurch Road, Ringwood, BH24 3AL Tel: +44 (0)1202 890705 Fax: +44 (0)1202 890706 h @HaystackDryers h haystackdryersglobal

quality umbilical reelers. This equipment is fully certified for use throughout the world.

Our services team are ready to support our clients 24/7 for installation, maintenance or repair of hydraulic production control systems. Additionally our specialist orbital welding team can weld a wide variety of materials, either in our workshop or at the client’s premises. HCS delivers cost-effective quality products and services – on-time. HCS CONTROL SYSTEMS LTD Unit V2, Viewfield Industrial Estate, Glenrothes KY6 2QX Tel: +44 (0)1592 770786 Fax: +44 (0)1592 775737 p HCS Control Systems Ltd

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