The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2017 has now been presented to Thermoseal Group by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mr Warren J Smith KStJ JP at an event hosted at the Group’s Manufacturing and Distribution Site, which also houses the Group’s expanding Technical Centre.
Almost 100 guests attended the event to witness the presentation of the award, followed by a tour of the Group’s Thermobar and Thermoflex Warm Edge Spacer Manufacturing Sites, its new Decraled decorative design studios, as well as its Technical Centre and EN1279 facilities.
Thermoseal Group now supplies its highest performance warm edge spacers to 22 countries in 5 continents and trials of the products are currently being carried out worldwide.
The Group is the only UK insulated glass (IG) component manufacturer to produce both a rigid tube spacer and a flexible silicone foam spacer in-house.
From initial inception of the design, through mixture of raw materials and production of the products to final delivery to the customer, the whole process is subject to Thermoseal Group’s rigorous quality control procedures.
Samantha Hill, Thermoseal Group’s Head of Marketing and Communications said: “We were delighted to share our special day with customers and guests from the industry, who joined as many of our Thermoseal Group colleagues as could attend to join the celebrations.
“As well as many UK insulated glass (IG) sealed unit manufacturers, journalists and industry contacts, we were also joined by customers from Europe and the Far East.
“The actual presentation was carried out in a marquee erected on our Wigan Site where we gave our guests Pimms on arrival, as well as a range of refreshments and a selection of food served by a high-profile local catering company.”
As Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant presented the impressive award which was accompanied by a scroll signed personally by The Queen, he said: “These awards are not easily earned. This year only 102 Awards for International Trade have been made nationally, and yours is one of 8 in the West Midlands (where the Group’s Head office is based). The award is not to an individual, not to the management but to the whole workforce.”
Thermoseal Group’s Managing Director, Gwain Paterson accepted the award with fellow Director Mark Hickox standing firmly at his side. A large part of Gwain’s speech was a big thank you to all colleagues involved in the Group’s continued growth. He said: “Without you all Thermoseal Group would not be the same. You built up everything around us and your hard work and can-do attitude has contributed to our success - that goes for everyone within the organisation.
“It is often very humbling to see the some of the efforts my colleagues go to too achieve the right results. Mark and I started to list all those colleagues we wanted to thank, but the list became far too long and we didn’t want to miss anyone out, so to all the Thermosealians out there thank you.
We would also like to thank all our customers, particularly those who attended the event. We thank you for your support, confidence and encouragement, without which we would not be selling the volume of spacer we do today."