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Firms from Clacton-on-Sea, Eye, Diss, Great Chesterford and Harkstead honoured in Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

PUBLISHED: 00:05 21 April 2017

Josh and Claire Richardson who run Superyacht Tenders & Toys.

Josh and Claire Richardson who run Superyacht Tenders & Toys.

Four businesses in Suffolk and north Essex have received a royal seal of approval in the 2017 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

Kevin Burrows  of C&K Meats Kevin Burrows of C&K Meats

Superyacht Tenders & Toys, based at Harkstead, near Ipswich, and C&K Meats, in Eye, have both been honoured in the International Trade category of the awards, as have Dura Composites from Clacton-on-Sea and Isomerase Therapeutics, based at Great Chesterford, near Saffron Walden.

And there is also recognition for one Norfolk company in the awards – announced on April 21 each year to coincide with the Queen’s birthday – with Syne Qua Non in Diss among the winners in the Innovation category.

Superyacht Tenders & Toys supplies luxury yacht owners and builders with everything from small support vessels to water sports equipment.

It has grown sales by 157% over the past three years, mostly to clients in Holland and Germany although it also has customers in the Middle East.

Stuart Burns of Dura Composites Stuart Burns of Dura Composites

Co-director Claire Richardson, who manages the business with her husband Josh, said: “We are a very niche company and it is quite a small industry, but in recent years we have targeted new build yachts and have become specialists in outfitting them. That is the area where we have seen real growth because no one else is looking at it.”

C&K Meats, which supplies products from its own contracted farms to butchers, wholesalers, farm shops and restaurants, has increased its exports by 325% in the past three years.

Managing director Kevin Burrows said: “When we sell our products we sell a provenance story as well. In Asia they like the connection between the farmer and their plate.” And he added: “The award is the pinnacle of recognition and I could not be more proud of the team I’ve got.”

Dura Composites has boosted exports of its composite decking and cladding products by 300% over the past three years while and pharmaceutical research and development firm Isomerase Therapeutics has grown its overseas revenues by 657% over a similar period.

Syne Qua Non is recognised in the Innovation category for the development of a clinical data capture system which uses mobile devices and the internet to speed up data collection by clinicians and allows patients to input their own data through devices or a wearable monitor.

A total of 15 companies from the eastern region, and 176 across the UK as a whole, are included the 2017 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, which recognise achievements in the fields sustainable development and promoting opportunity

Here is a full list of Queen’s Award for Innovation 2017 winners in the East of England:

Innovation award winners

• Domino Printing Sciences Plc, Cambridge

• EcoTile Flooring Ltd, Luton

• Green Energy Options Ltd, Hardwick

• PCME Ltd, St Ives

• Peli BioThermal, Leighton Buzzard

• Syne Qua Non Ltd, Diss

• Zettlex (UK) Ltd, Cambridge

International trade award winners

• 42 Technology Ltd, St Ives

• C&K Meats Ltd, Eye

• Cambridge Consultants Ltd, Cambridge

• Cellbond, a division of Encocam Ltd, Huntingdon

• Dura Composites Ltd, Clacton-on-Sea

• G. B. Kent & Sons Plc, Hemel Hempstead

• Isomerase Therapeutics Ltd, Cambridge

• Superyacht Tenders & Toys Ltd, Harkstead

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