On Friday 19th July 2013 Griffon Hoverwork received the prestigious Queen's Award from the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan DCVO JP, at their Merlin Quay premises. The Queen's Awards are highly prestigious awards for outstanding achievement by UK businesses.
The Lord Lieutenant was greeted by Managing Director Adrian Went; Dame Mary was given a brief overview of the company before being shown around the factory. The Lord Lieutenant had the opportunity to meet with staff at their work stations during her tour. The presentation of the award will took place in the unique location of the manufacturing bay, in between two large 8100TD hovercraft. The Sheriff of Southampton Councilor Sue Blatchford, Southampton MP John Denham and representatives from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) were in attendance. The Bland Group Chairman James Gaggero was also present to support Griffon Hoverwork in their achievement.
Adrian Went, Managing Director of Griffon Hoverwork, was in London earlier this month to celebrate winning the Queen's Award and to support UK Trade and Investment's (UKTI) exporting challenge. The prestigious lunch event was organised by UKTI, at The Farmer's Club in Whitehall with Minister for Trade & Investment Lord Green and UKTI South East Director Lewis Scott.
Lord Green, Minister for Trade & Investment, said: "Boosting our export performance is vital if we are to secure long term, sustainable economic growth. We want to see an additional 100,000 British businesses exporting by 2020 and companies like these Queen's Award winners demonstrate the strength of exporters in the area and the positive impact exporting can have on their company." Griffon Hoverwork has been working in conjunction with Southampton City College to launch a new apprentice scheme from September 2013. Apprenticeships are being offered in a range of areas, from aluminum welding and fabrication to design and marine engineering; this scheme will create 20 new jobs for young people, making Griffon Hoverwork one of the largest apprentice employers in Southampton.
Griffon Hoverwork won the Queen's Award for International Trade, in recognition of improved year on year overseas earnings through export sales; consisting of identifying and successfully winning new contracts in a variety of markets; having a positive impact on society by offering employment in a range of skill bases and participating in college apprenticeships and university placements.