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Skipton-based Principle Healthcare Group receives Queen's Award
11:00am Saturday 8th September 2012 in News
An expanding Skipton -based health products group had multiple reasons to celebrate at the formal presentation of a royal accolade.
In addition to receiving the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade from Lord Crathorne, Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, the Principle Healthcare Group also marked the opening of its £2 million tablet production plant and received a staff development accolade.
The group is also celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.
“It was a splendid day for Principle Healthcare International and a testament to the commitment of our entire workforce and valued customers at home and overseas,” said founder and chief executive Mike Davies Over the past five years, the company’s overseas sales and distribution division has increased exports of vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements six-fold.
The Business sells products in 28 countries and achieved the royal accolade for its “outstanding” exports.
It employs regulatory affairs professionals to deal with the ever-changing legislation in various countries to reduce the time it takes to bring new products to market and works with experts at UK Trade & Investment and strategic overseas business networks to identify potentially sizeable new markets.
Mr Davies added: “We were awarded our Queen’s Award for outstanding achievement in overseas trade and it shows just how far we have come in a few short years, especially as we are also making a multi-million pound investment in new manufacturing plant.
“We shall proudly display the Queen’s Award emblem on all packaging and marketing material, since the scheme is highly respected abroad and should help us secure yet more export business. The award not only provides a mark of excellence but gives the group the confidence to continue investing in our UK and international operations.”
The new tablet plant at the group’s base on the Airedale Business Centre has created eight jobs and has been developed in addition to an existing manufacturing and packaging plant in Slovakia, which was located to serve the European market.
Lord Crathorne also presented the company with the Investors in People Gold Award, a standard achieved by only three per cent of employers.
Mr Davies said: “When you put all these initiatives together, our tenth anniversary year has been very eventful and a significant milestone in our history. But we are a forward-looking organisation and feel there is no room for complacency.”
The celebrations were attended by the Mayor of Skipton, Coun Wendy Clark, senior directors of major UK grocery multiples and representatives from the group’s Slovakian tablet manufacturing and packing company, Innopharma.