Olympic flame company wins Queen’s Award

THE COMPANY that created the Olympic cauldron for the London 2012 games was yesterday one of 152 British businesses recognised by the Queen for their contribution to the UK economy.

Stage One Creative Services of Tockwith, near York, produced the 204 copper petals that rose up to create a single flaming bowl during last summer’s spectacular opening ceremony.

The company, which also manufactured the Olympic Rings that hung from Tower Bridge and has 20 years experience of working on sets for major events, was rewarded with a Queen’s Award for Innovation.

Other companies handed the honour ranged from consumer brands including Tyrrells crisps to global businesses such as banknote producer De La Rue.

There was particular praise for exporters such as Speymalt Whisky, and London-based manicure business Nails Inc who have recently expanded worldwide despite the economic downturn.

“The Queen’s Awards highlight our strong entrepreneurial streak and the excellent businesses we have up and down the country who are growing, creating jobs, making a valuable contribution to the economy and helping us to compete in the global race,” said business minister Michael Fallon.

Cambridge Satchel Company
Founded in late 2008 to make old-fashioned English leather satchels, the company now employs 69 people and brought in £5m from export sales during the last year.

Tyrrells Crisps
The Herefordshire firm was recognised after selling its upmarket snacks to more than 30 countries. In Moscow the crisps sell in specialist premium outlets for £5 a pack.

Innis & Gunn Brewery
The Edinburgh-based niche brewer has had enormous success exporting its oak-aged beer. It has a strong position in Canada and Sweden and sells 1m bottles a year in the US.

De La Rue
The banknote firm won an innovation award for its anti-counterfeiting technology, selling 200m notes with the new security measures in five years, despite a high production cost.