East Midlands Businesses among King’s Awards for Enterprise winners

Eight businesses located across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, have been honoured in the first-ever King’s Awards for Enterprise. Three of which had received Business Investment Fund grant from us at the D2N2 Growth Hub.

They were commended for their achievements across innovation, international development and sustainable development.

In total, 148 companies were celebrated in the awards, which were previously known as the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and are recognised as the UK’s most prestigious business awards.

The Department for Business and Trade announced the winners today (Friday 21st April), stating they displayed qualities that are central to delivering on one of the Government’s five priorities to grow the economy; from creating new opportunities and supporting people into work, through to developing new innovations and exporting the best of Britain around the world.

Six of the winners are members of East Midlands Chamber, connecting, supporting and championing businesses and communities across the three counties.

East Midlands Chamber chief executive Scott Knowles said:

“Our congratulations go out to all our region’s winners, which will be able to use this royal seal of approval to great effect in marketing their products and services both at home and abroad.

We often talk about how the East Midlands is a Centre of Trading Excellence – a place for making things, moving them and innovating in how we do this – and these businesses are testament to this reputation.

At a time when we need to be exploring new international markets, finding new ways of raising productivity and growing our competitiveness in the right way, it’s fantastic to have some shining examples for our region’s business community to look up to.”

Awards recipients are permitted to fly the King’s Awards for Enterprise flag at their main office and use the emblem in marketing materials for five years.

They will also receive an official certificate known as a grant of appointment and a commemorative crystal trophy.

It is also great to acknowledge that three of these winning businesses had previously applied for and were granted funding under the Business Investment Fund. This fund allowed these businesses to access resources, opportunities and expansion in their business.

Below are all the winners from the East Midlands


  • Archaeological Research Services Ltd, Bakewell (Innovation Award): Innovative, non-intrusive landscape prospection service to detect presence or absence of significant archaeological remains prior to development. This business received a Business Investment Fund grant.
  • MasterMover Ltd, Ashbourne (Innovation Award): Innovative electric tug solutions for safe and efficient material handling for applications across industrial manufacturing
  • SureScreen Diagnostics Ltd, Derby (Innovation Award and International Trade Award): Development of the fastest, most sensitive and reliable Covid-19 lateral flow tests in the UK.
  • Trade & DIY Products Limited, trading as TDP Ltd, Wirksworth (Sustainable Development Award): TDP aims for positive impact through sustainable product design, strong ethics and good governance. This business received a Business Investment Fund grant.


  • Anpario plc, Worksop (Sustainable Development Award): Anpario plc works with nature to champion production of safe, sustainable and healthy food globally
  • Upperton Limited, Nottingham (International Trade Award): A specialist contract development and manufacturing organisation providing dosage form development services to pharmaceutical industries. This business received a Business Investment Fund grant.


  • Blanson Limited, Leicester (International Trade Award): Manufacture of certified pressure rated cast acrylic components to exacting quality standards
  • PCE Automation Ltd – parent company of db automation, Lutterworth (Innovation Award): specialises in clinically intricate ocular automation with complete contact lense manufacturing systems.

Applications for the King’s Awards for Enterprise 2024 open on Coronation Day, 6 May 2023.

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