Classic men’s lifestyle brand Hackett London, young fashion brand Boxfresh and Savile Row tailor Henry Poole & Co have been awarded the 2012 Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise celebrates successful UK companies and helps encourage the development of British business at home and internationally. Both brands picked up the award in the category of international trade.
Vicente Castellan, Hackett London managing director, said the brand is opening stores at an “increasing rate” with expansion in Europe, the Far East and Middle East.
He added: “Both these markets are proving increasingly important for British style brands such as Hackett and we are keen to be a part of the British export.”
Hackett said it reported sales of €107.3m (£87.7m) for the year to March 31 2011, thanks to strong growth from ecommerce, openings and relocation or refurbishment of stores and wholesale expansion.
The international expansion continues into 2012, with the opening of a 3,500 sq ft flagship store in Milan last month and stores opening in China, Japan, India and Malaysia as well as continuing with growth in the Middle East.
Savile Row tailor Henry Poole & Co, which was founded in 1806, has made clothes for the likes of Winston Churchill, Charles Dickins and J.P. Morgan. It said sales were up 11% last year.
Angus Cundey, chairman of Henry Poole & Co, said: “We are extremely honoured to be acknowledged by Her Majesty on such a prestigious day, and in the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.”
Boxfresh said export sales had grown almost 1600% over the past three years. Managing director Mike Stopforth said: “This uniquely gives us both status and credibility as we look to further our presence in new and exciting markets.”