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Lord-Lieutenant presents Ancon with its third Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Ancon has officially received its 2018 Queen’s Award for Enterprise from the Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Mr Andrew Coombe, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.

The Queen’s Award presentation took place at Ancon’s recently-extended head office and largest UK manufacturing facility in Sheffield. The extension was officially opened by the Lord-Lieutenant as part of the event, with the unveiling of a special commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.

Ancon’s 2018 enterprise award in the innovation category is the third time the company has been honoured in this prestigious award scheme that acknowledges outstanding achievements by UK businesses; it follows Queen’s Awards for International Trade in 2015 and Innovation in 2012.

After a tour of both the office and production facilities and conversing with a number of staff, Mr Coombe said,

“It gives me great pleasure to present this award to Ancon. I have been so impressed with what I’ve seen here today. It is a real team effort.”

The award ceremony was attended by 36 long-serving employees, representing all areas of the business from sales and marketing to production and accounts. During the ceremony, the Queen’s Award symbol (bowl) was presented to Lisa Kilby, Divisional Manager, a representative of the company’s on-going commercial success, and the citation (scroll) was presented to Jamie McTigue, Deeside Works Manager, a representative of operational excellence.

Lisa Kilby, Pete McDermott, Josie Welburn and Jamie McTigue with Lord-Lieutenant Andrew Coombe

Ancon has been honoured with a 2018 Queen’s Award for continuous innovation, having successfully introduced and further developed its advanced composite, low thermal conductivity, Teplo cavity wall ties. These innovative energy-saving products virtually eliminate cold bridging across an insulated masonry cavity wall. The range has been commercialised together with a strategic external partner, MagmaTech, with who Ancon shares this latest Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Over the last five years, Ancon Teplo wall ties have had a major influence on the growth of low energy buildings in the UK and Ireland, and helped future-proof traditional masonry cavity wall construction techniques, by minimising insulation thickness and wall footprint.

“The extraordinary thing about this company is that it keeps staying ahead of the game”, Mr Coombe concluded.

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are presented annually for outstanding achievements in the categories of Innovation, International Trade and Sustainable Development. Winning organisations must demonstrate the highest level of corporate excellence combined with significant advances in performance and commercial success – making a Queen’s Award the ultimate business accolade.

The awards are made on the Prime Minister’s recommendation and approved by Her Majesty the Queen. The Lord-Lieutenant is HM the Queen’s personal representative.

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