Halifax-based safety barrier manufacturer A-SAFE received a visit from HRH The Duke of Gloucester on Wednesday to present the company with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
The Duke, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, presented the award to A-SAFE directors in recognition of the company’s achievements in international trade.
A-SAFE, which was formed ten years ago, now has subsidiaries in eight countries around the world, including USA, France and Italy, as well as re-sellers in over 60 others.
Director James Smith, who accepted the award from The Duke on behalf of all
A-SAFE staff, said: “A-SAFE has come a long way since our days in rented premises in Dean Clough, to a state-of-the-art factory in Elland. We believe our continued investment in new machinery and employing local people has played a key part in our development. We are very honoured that we are able to accept the Queen’s Award from His Royal Highness, and his presence has certainly made for a memorable day.”
A-SAFE directors were able to demonstrate the capabilities of their independently tested barrier range to The Duke during a factory tour, which also included a look at the company’s research and development department, the unique manufacturing processes and the onsite extrusion, moulding and testing machinery.
Various VIP customers and special guests were also invited to the event, where they were shown video presentations on a fully built in-house exhibition stand and witnessed various product resilience demonstrations as A-SAFE’s barrier range was put through its paces.
A-SAFE, which has recently opened new subsidiaries in Belgium and Spain, achieved international turnover of £6.4m in 2014.