The Queen's Awards Magazine 2016

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2 016 Guidance Marine Ltd Guidance marine Ltd (formerly Guidance navigation Ltd), is a leading global developer and supplier of dynamic positioning (dp) position measurement technologies for high value offshore marine markets for real-time vessel positioning and manoeuvring with the highest level of safety, reliability and ease of use. The company is proud to be a two time recipient of Britain’s most coveted commercial prize, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade, having received the award for the second time in 2014. It was in this year that Guidance Marine was recognised by HSBC’s Global Connections award as one of the UK’s most innovative and forward- thinking companies. The company has also featured in the London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 companies to inspire Britain’ report for the last two years, as well as being identified as a ‘One toWatch’ company in The Sunday Times Best Companies to work for in 2016. The company continues to demonstrate significant growth in overseas markets across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. Today, the business exports nearly 90% of what it manufactures from its facility in Leicester. A key factor to Guidance Marine’s global success is that the company has an improved understanding of what a customer focused approach actually means. With local offices in Aberdeen, Louisiana and Singapore it has cemented Guidance Marine’s A London street which has achieved international fame is Savile Row, the heart of the English bespoke tailoring industry. Its fame can be traced back to the foundation in 1806 of the firm of Henry Poole & Co., who started this great tradition of British tailoring. The rise of Savile Row began when James Poole came to London in 1806, from Shropshire, to open his first shop, a linen drapers, in Everett Street, Brunswick Square. Poole became a tailor by chance, for when Napoleon escaped from Elba he joined a Volunteer Corps whose members had to provide their own equipment. Unpractised in tailoring, James and his wife Mary cut and stitched his tunics so well that by the time of Waterloo, Poole was flooded with orders and set up as a military tailor. By 1822, he had opened an emporium in Regent Street and a year later made his headquarters at 4 Old Burlington Street, adjoining Savile Row. It was here that his son Henry, who inherited the business in 1846, was to achieve an even greater reputation, leaving an indelible mark on British bespoke tailoring, and starting the long tradition of the Savile Row suit. With “Old Pooley’s” death in 1876, his cousin Samuel Cundey took over. By now the firm had

presence in key geographical regions. Supported by the company’s worldwide partners which underpin its global support network, a continuing eagerness to understand customers’ needs in ever changing global markets has been a key contributory factor in driving Guidance Marine’s export activity into newmarkets. As a successful, diverse, multi-cultural, international technology company, it is the expertise, passion, ambition and collective team ethos which form the cornerstone of our business. Precision positioning in a challenging offshore environment is a science. A science which has seen Guidance Marine launch successful laser and microwave position reference sensor products into the Dynamic Positioning (DP) market. Guidance Marine is the only company

believe it is our technology, investment in innovation and products that will help shape the future of our industries. GUIDANCE MARINE LTD 5 TiberWay, Meridian Business Park, Leicester, LE19 1QP Tel: +44 (0)116 229 2600 p Guidance Marine Jan Grothusen, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) attends The Queen’s Awards Winners reception at Buckingham Palace

able to supply four local reference systems offering the greatest choice on the market. Having stood at the forefront of position measurement technologies for more than 20 years is a clear metric for success. Guidance Marine continues to deliver on its technical excellence with innovative market leading products. We are committed to maintaining our position as a leading technology company and we

Henry Poole & Co (Savile Row) Ltd henry poole & Co was delighted and honoured to receive The Queen’s award for enterprise 2012 in international Trade, particularly in the year of her diamond Jubilee.

Pooles have always been eminent as tailors to overseas clients and this tradition is maintained. Quarterly journeys are made to the United States, covering ten cities between New York and San Francisco. In addition, frequent visits are undertaken by senior cutters for

nearly every European crowned head on its books as well as Eastern potentates eager to adopt Western fashion. The premises in Savile Row were enlarged, civil tailoring now took precedence over the hunting and military modes of Henry’s day and the foundation of the company’s present thriving export business began when branches were opened in Paris, Vienna and Berlin. By the early 1900s, Henry Poole was the largest establishment of its type in the world, employing 300 tailors and cutters.


France, Belgium, German, Switzerland and Austria. Since 1964, Pooles have worked under a franchise arrangement with several

department stores in Japan and recently opened three shops in China. In 1869 Queen Victoria

Today, a Henry Poole customer is just as concerned about the quality of his garments, but usually has much less time than his predecessor for fittings. Although aristocrats still follow the tradition of their forefathers and continue to patronise Pooles, the clientele now includes international businessmen from the USA, Europe, the Middle East and Japan. In fact, a visitor to Savile Row would see customers from many walks of life whose faces would be familiar from the press and television. However, there is a tradition that the name of a gentleman’s tailor is as confidential as the name of his doctor.

granted a Royal Warrant to the Company for making liveries for Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews. This honour has been continued to this day with a Royal Warrant to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. HENRY POOLE & CO (SAVILE ROW) LTD 15/16 Savile Row, London W1S 3PJ Tel: +44 (0)207 734 5985 h HenryPooleCo15SavileRow I @HenryPooleCo

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