Staff at a St Austell-based engineering company were in for a surprise when they returned to work after the Easter weekend. The team at Partech arrived back on Tuesday, April 23, to the news that the company had been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.
Joint managing director, Angus Fosten, gathered staff together at the company’s Rockhill Business Park base to make the announcement.
Angus Fosten said: “We are so excited to be recognised with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. “Over the last 10 years we’ve invested in excellent new facilities at Rockhill, as well as new people who have a real drive to help us develop. “That commitment has paid off and seen us achieve year-on-year export growth over the last six years “I found out about the award last month, so keeping it a secret from the team has been a challenge!”
As well as being one of 201 organisations to be recognised nationally, Partech is the only Cornish company to receive the honour this year. They will hold the award for five years. Founded in 1963, the company, which designs and manufactures equipment for measuring and monitoring drinking water and waste water, joins fellow Cornish businesses St Austell Brewery and Watson Marlow as current holders of the award.
Partech sales manager, Dave Wilson, who worked on the award application said: “We are thrilled to have received such a prestigious award. “The team work incredibly hard and have really helped us to develop our export market, especially in China. “Everyone should be rightly proud of what we are achieving.”
According to organisers the awards, now in its 53 rd year, are ‘the most prestigious business awards in the country’.
Partech will celebrate with other winners at Buckingham Palace in the summer.