Retailers Phase Eight, Séraphine and Hotter and Scottish outerwear brand Mackintosh each won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise this week in recognition of their commercial success in international markets.
Footwear business Hotter designs, manufactures and ships more than 2 million pairs of shoes annually from Skelmersdale, Lancashire, to customers around the world, with a dedicated call centre and personal shopping service operating across multiple time zones.
Maternitywear retailer Séraphine sells into 30 countries and works with department store Nordstrom and maternity chain A Pea in the Pod in the US.
Its first US store opened in New York last November and a second will follow on Madison Avenue in May, as well as its first franchise store in Dubai this autumn.
At the time of the nominations in September 2014, womenswear chain Phase Eight had 100 stores and concessions across 12 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, some standalone and others with local partners.
Since then it has opened a further 30 points of sale in markets including Hong Kong, Mexico and the US, where a partnership has been established with department store Bloomingdale’s.
Mackintosh makes its raincoats in Cumbernauld, Glasgow, and Nelson in Lancashire, and sells via distributors in the US and Japan, and agents in Japan. It has flagship stores in London and Tokyo.
This year, 141 businesses received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – 105 for international trade, 24 for innovation and 12 for sustainable development. The Queen’s Awards have been given annually in one form or another on the Queen’s birthday, April 21, since 1966.