His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent visited Bristol to see our main distribution hub, meet the team and formally present us with our Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.
HRH The Duke of Kent visits British Corner Shop
The honour, described as the Oscars of the business world, was awarded to us in recognition of our outstanding export performance. In the last three years alone, we have seen turnover rise 112 per cent, with overseas sales – we now export to 196 countries – increasing 107 per cent during the same period.
After a tour of our warehouse and offices, the Duke presented our Managing Director, Mark Callaghan, with the official Royal scroll signed by the Prime Minister and a crystal trophy-bowl engraved with the Queen’s Award emblem.
Accompanying His Royal Highness was Dame Janet Trotter DBE, who is the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire and also acts as the Queen’s official representative in the county.
She said: “The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is very much like the Oscars of the UK business world and only awarded to those companies that demonstrate excellence through their operations.
“Candidates are put through the most vigorous of judging selection processes including scrutiny by both a UK and international panel to establish the business’s merits.
“British Corner Shop is officially one of those special companies who have won the award, an achievement of which you should be very proud. The mark of an excellent business is its fantastic leadership and exceptionally hard-working staff, so well done to everyone who has played a part in British Corner Shop’s continuing success.”
This caps an incredible year for our company which, along with the Queen’s Award, also saw us sign a deal with Waitrose to sell their own brand food overseas, to 146 countries, cementing our status as the premier online food exporter.
Mark said: “We are all thrilled and excited to have received such great recognition for all the achievements we have made so far.
“The Queen’s Award itself and the emblem we are able to use when trading overseas carries huge kudos and has already had a significant impact on our trading performance. I would like to give special thanks to our hardworking, innovative and customer-focused staff who always go the extra mile and are instrumental in allowing us to deliver truly exceptional, British service which sets us apart from the competition.
Looking to the future, we believe we have barely scratched the surface of what can be achieved with this business and as a team we are developing and nurturing what we know will be a phenomenal British success story.”