The Queen's Awards Magazine 2016

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Rega Research Ltd established in 1973, rega research Ltd built its initial success on award winning tonearms and turntables, but has been producing complete handmade hi-fi systems in the uK since the eighties. Rega’s owner Roy Gandy has very specific design goals which are applied to every product they make; excellent sound reproduction, ease of use, reliability and exceptional value for money. These goals were achieved through elegant technical solutions and clever production processes, often creating award winning engineering assemblies at exceptionally low prices. Roy is still the owner and a key member of the design team. The Rega brand is synonymous around the world with turntables, however, the company’s strength lies in the sheer depth of products it produces. With a range now consisting of more than forty five different products from hand built moving coil cartridges through to loudspeakers, amplifiers, DAC's and CD players. Rega is one of the few brands where you can build a complete hi-fi system including cables from front to back. Simon Webster, Rega’s sales and marketing co-ordinator, commented: “This award was in recognition of our overseas sales growth over the last three years and the unique way we select and work with our export partners around the world. Rega has always prided itself on developing special relationships with whoever we work with, be it supplier or distributor. Our drive to understand their business model and to ensure they understand ours, guarantees a long term and successful relationship which often spans many decades”. Currently Rega employs more than one hundred people and remains a


dedicated British manufacturer striving to work with fellow UK

companies and using UK sourced parts wherever possible. Tight control on the

“We are honoured to win the The Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The fact that our business model and company culture has been recognised as both special and successful makes us extremely proud of this achievement”. REGA RESEARCH LTD Unit 6, Coopers Way, Temple Farm Industrial Estate, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS0 7PD Tel: + 44 (0)1702 333071 I @RegaResearch

for the largest share of overseas sales in 2014 closely followed by North America. Rega uses its intimate knowledge of each market and utilises this for strategic sales development, with recent new markets including Chile, Romania and Peru. A significant investment in R&D, attributes in part to Rega’s success, but a strong philosophy of high quality and exceptional value throughout the range combine with their ‘special relationships’ to make a winning formula. Phil Freeman, the company’s CEO, on winning the award:

quality and performance of their products is achieved in a 30,000sq.ft purpose built facility in Essex where all Rega products are hand assembled by highly skilled technicians who take great pride in the work they do. So confident are they in their ability, Rega offers a lifetime warranty against manufacture defects on all products. Rega now distribute to more than forty different countries worldwide with notable sales in the Far East. The recent introduction of a second ‘Rega only’ store in the Philippines demonstrates the global appeal of the Rega brand. Europe accounts

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