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Record success for businesses in the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2021


More businesses in Tyne and Wear than ever before have had outstanding success in this year’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise announced.

No less than eight companies in the county, of ten in the whole of the North East, are celebrating their achievements in the UK’s most prestigious business awards.

The award-winning businesses range from architecture to manufacturing, software and ethical beauty products to education and skills.Their individual awards are for innovation, international trading, sustainable development or promoting opportunity. One company, the Skill Mill, a social enterprise providing employment opportunities for young offenders, won two awards.

Sue Winfield OBE , the Lord Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear, said:“I want to congratulate those businesses in Tyne and Wear for their success in receiving the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. I am delighted for them and it is great recognition for their work. I am particularly pleased to see The Skill Mill receive two awards.”

Nationwide, there were a total of 205 winners this year. The Awards are designed to recognise and encourage outstanding achievements in the fields of:

• innovation
• international trade
• sustainable development
• promoting opportunity (through social mobility)

The companies based in Tyne and Wear are:

D-Line Europe, North Tyneside for Innovation, Hyperdrive Innovation, Sunderland, for Innovation, Inflo Group Limited, Houghton-le-Spring, for Innovation, Luxe England, Newcastle, for International Trade, NECIT, South Tyneside, for International Trade, Ryder Architecture, Newcastle, for International Trade, Soundbitelearning, Newcastle, for International Trade, The Skill Mill, Gateshead, for Promoting Opportunity and Sustainable Development.The other two North East companies were Acorn Dairies in Darlington and Filtronic in Sedgefield.