The Queen's Awards Magazine 2016

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2 016 The midcounties Co-operative is proud to have gained The Queen’s award for enterprise in Sustainable development. This award provides recognition for the Society’s ongoing commitment to social responsibility (one of the co-operative values) through community activity, environmental development and colleague engagement. The Midcounties Co-operative

Third Dimension

Third dimension is a developer of precision, profile measurement solutions. its world leading GapGun range uses optical triangulation technology to measure not just gaps, but forms and features incredibly fast and accurately.

Third Dimension exports to over 25 countries worldwide, including some of the largest manufacturers in aerospace,

The GapGun range measures gaps, forms and features

Midcounties is the largest independent co-operative society in the UK and operates businesses in Food, Travel, Healthcare, Funeral, Childcare, Energy, Post Offices and Flexible Benefits. Although its heartlands are in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire,

automotive and energy sectors, such as Airbus,

Volkswagen, and JET. With local support provided by its global network of distributors,

this award is a result of exponential increases in

Buckinghamshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, theWest Midlands, Wiltshire andWorcestershire, it also trades nationally. The Society is proud to be a community owned, community led, community rewarding business and in the past decade has distributed £44 million as a share of the profits to members, raised over £1.4 million for local charities and become one of the first UK businesses to receive the Fair Tax Mark for transparency in its tax affairs. Midcounties members join actor Alan Halsall at our Churchstoke Fun Day which raised over £50,000 for local charities

overseas sales. Exports have grown five-fold in the past six years, with 84% of total sales this year accounted to exports.

Our portable inspection tools provide manufacturers with a fully auditable trail of every single product measured. This adds value and removes risk from our customer’s operations by proving the quality of manufacture. Applications range from seal gap checks to sharp edge measurement on all manner of surface finishes, frommetallic to painted surfaces. THIRD DIMENSION 3 Brabazon Office Park, Bristol, BS34 7PZ Tel: +44 (0)3333 44 3000 h Third Dimension I @thegapgun p Third Dimension y +Third3D

THE MIDCOUNTIES CO-OPERATIVE Warwick Technology Park, Gallows Hill, Warwick, CV34 6DA Tel: +44 (0)1926516000 h The Midcounties Co-operative I @midcountiescoop

Vitabiotics Ltd The first ever vitamin company to receive a Queen’s award for innovation Vitabiotics is the UK’s overall number 1 vitamin and nutrient supplement VMS Company and is now the first British business to receive a coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation for its vitamin research. This has been awarded for the development of its Pregnacare range and in recognition of the ground breaking, highly successful, Pregnacare clinical research. Spearheading the innovation with world renowned scientists The development of the Pregnacare range originated from a continuous scientific research programme led by Professor Arnold Beckett OBE (Chairman of Vitabiotics for 18 years) and his former student Dr Kartar Lalvani OBE (Founder of Vitabiotics).

breast-feeding and post-natal health. Pregnacare is a brand leading British innovation which has benefitted mums and babies for over 25 years – its research innovation has led the world in the new

tablets during pregnancy significantly improved the nutritional status of pregnant women and had a positive effect on their birth outcomes. The study of over 400 newly pregnant women was carried out by the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition at London Metropolitan University and the Homerton Hospital. This was the first ever reporting of clinical findings in a study performed in either the UK or developed world showing that supplementing with a specific multivitamin supplement helps reduce the number of SGA infants born. (BJN (2010), 104, 437-445)

field of preconceptual nutrition. Landmark clinical research conducted in the uK


In April 2010, a landmark in research was achieved as the British Journal of Nutrition published a world first clinical trial, showing that Pregnacare tablets reduced the number of small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infants (low birth weight for time of birth) relative to the placebo. The results of this gold standard trial showed that taking Pregnacare

Vitabiotics has manufactured innovative healthcare products for over 40 years and the range includes some of Britain’s leading supplement brands such as Wellman, Wellwoman, Osteocare, Perfectil and Menopace. This marks the third Queen’s Award that Vitabiotics has received, following awards for International Trade in 2003 and 2008.

Leading the field of pregnancy nutrition

Vitabiotics Pregnacare is Britain’s number 1 prenatal vitamin and is the pregnancy supplement brand that is most recommended by midwives. The range provides nutritional support for conception, pregnancy and foetal development, as well as

VITABIOTICS LTD 1 Apsley Way, London NW2 7HF Tel: +44 (0)20 8955 2600 h Vitabiotics I @vitabiotics

Professor Arnold Beckett OBE and Dr Kartar Lalvani OBE

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