British footwear brands Joseph Cheaney and Base London, and men’s shirt and tailoring retailer Charles Tyrwhitt have been given Queen’s Awards for enterprise in international trade.
All three businesses have been recognised for sales growth in international markets and for “flying the British flag” around the globe in the year the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday.
“For us the award demonstrates how quality products ‘Made in England’ are recognised the world over,” said Jonathan Church joint managing director of Joseph Cheaney.
Since Church led a management buyout of Joseph Cheaney in 2009 turnover has more than doubled from £4m to £9.6m, while exports have tripled and now account for nearly a third of the company’s sales.
Likewise Base London, which is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, has a strong international business and is sold in 20 countries, with global sales of over £10m.
“Since the launch of Base London we have been committed not only to driving our sales and brand awareness in new international markets, but have also passionately flown the flag for the great work delivered by the UK in terms of contemporary men’s footwear,” said Base London chairman, David Conibere.
Some 243 businesses received an award this year for their contributions to international trade, innovation and sustainable development. That is up on last year’s 141.