Last week saw me down at Gen X in central Manchester. The IT hardware distributor Gen-X IT Ltd has proudly become the recipient of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The Award is one of the most the most prestigious accolades for businesses in the United Kingdom and was given for outstanding achievement in International Trade.
To be awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade, a company must show a substantial and sustained increase in export earnings over three consecutive 12-month periods, to a level which is outstanding for the products and services concerned and for the size of the organisation. Gen-X achieved exponential growth in its export earnings of in the three year period from 2011 to 2013. Total sales increased from £8.9m in 2011 to £15.9m in 2013, with exports more than doubling to £4.8 million in 2013 from £2m in 2011.
Managing Director Alan Gould said: ‘I am honoured that our company has won this most prestigious business award and I salute the hard work of our entire team whilst also extending thanks to our customers and supply chain partners.’
This award is the second in three months as the Company won a North West Fastest 50 Award in February this year, an initiative run by Law Firm Ward Hadaway and sponsored by the Manchester Evening News which recognises outstanding business achievement by companies across the North of England.
Approximately 140 Queen’s Awards have been announced this year for outstanding business achievement in the fields of International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development. Winners of The Queen’s Awards can expect an invitation to attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace. The awards are made annually by HM The Queen, and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category.