Thursday 5th September 2019 marks the day that naughtone was visited by representatives of the Queen, Lord-Lieutenants David Kerfoot and Trevor Watson, who came to present us with our Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses, recognising and celebrating business excellence across the UK. naughtone is one of 201 organisations nationally to be recognised with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
Announced on Tuesday 23 April, naughtone has been recognised for its excellence in International Trade after expanding rapidly to accommodate international growth. To effectively access a global market, the Yorkshire based business began manufacturing in North America, supporting their approach to sensible lead times, pricing and the environment.
Founded in 2005 by three industry professionals, naughtone has products available on a global scale, working with influential and global brands such as Amazon, Etsy and Google. The product range is 100% unique to naughtone, having been designed in house or specifically commissioned. On display throughout North America, Asia, EMEA and even as far afield as Australia, the range consists of seating, table and storage products and attempts to cater for the most commercial furniture demands, away from the desk and task chair. naughtone has developed a strategy to design and manufacture products that have instant, broad appeal, with extensive applications.
“It’s with a great deal of pride that I announce that naughtone has been awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise. We are specifically being recognised for our success in International Trade, which is an area of our business that is particularly close to my heart. Over the past 5 years we have made significant steps to becoming a truly global operation so this award recognises the hard work of our colleagues and partners, and the trust of our clients and their belief in our products.” – Matt Welsh, naughtone Sales Director.
Our guests, including the Mayor of Knaresborough Christine Willoughby, were delighted to meet members of the naughtone team, to hear about their experiences and roles within the growing business, and plans for the future. We then gathered for the presentation where Trevor Watson read a formal and Royal citation before David Kerfoot presented Matt Welsh with the prestigious award.
Now in its 53rd year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years.