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Queen’s award for Norfolk agri-engineering company

A Norfolk-based, family-run business has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, recognising its progress in the international sales market.

Agri engineering firm Agrimech, which supplies weighing, sealing and packing solutions for the agricultural sector, was founded in 2009 and only entered the export market in 2018, targeting North America.

In that time the Norfolk family-run business’ overseas sales have grown by more than 200%, moving from 3.9% of the company’s total sales to 13.4%.

In addition to the prestige of winning such an honour, Agrimech – along with 224 other organisations – will be invited to a Buckingham Palace reception in July, hosted by the Prince of Wales.

‘This is such a thrill for everyone on the Agrimech team,’ said the company’s co-founder, Belinda Smith. ‘Recognition like this, for our success on the global stage, takes things to another level altogether.’

‘Fellow co-founder Darren Smith said: ‘In 2018, we recognised that to prosper and progress, we needed to look at different markets for opportunities to build our brand name internationally and we felt it would help drive us to continue to innovate and introduce new products to our range.

‘At the start of this exporting journey, we were confident that our established core products would generate enquiries from international markets, and after a business trip to the US in the summer of 2018 to meet a prospective distributor, our confidence increased that we could make in-roads in this market and sell our machinery to US businesses.’

Lessons learnt in the US are also proving beneficial closer to home, with the Agrimech trademark now registered in 28 countries across Europe.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the UK. The awards were first established in 1965 and since then over 7,000 companies have achieved a Queen’s Award. This year 225 organisations nationally were recognised.