News - 10 May 2024

King’s Awards success for ten businesses in the D2N2 region

Earlier this week, the King’s Awards for Enterprise 2024 were announced.

Across the UK, 252 businesses in a range of sectors were recognised by His Majesty The King as among the best in the country. A total of 257 Awards were made, with five companies being recognised with two Awards.

In the D2N2 region, ten businesses were recognised by the King’s Awards:

Halo Solutions, Nottinghamshire (Innovation)

Lifesaving software invented by counter-terrorism police officer, motivated to help after Manchester Arena bombing

Hygienix, trading as HSG UK, Derbyshire (Innovation)

HSG’s revolutionary washroom innovation technologies significantly reduce water consumption, save money and improve the environment

Whitehouse Construction Co, Derbyshire (Innovation)

A flood resistant door and gasket for domestic properties, providing a passive defence against water

Doff Portland Ltd, Nottinghamshire (International Trade)

Sale of environmentally responsible horticultural products to European hobby gardeners, and the agricultural sector

Global Brands Ltd, Derbyshire (International Trade)

The leading independent producer and creators of remarkable, tasty liquids, enjoyed around the world

Halliday Lighting Ltd, Nottinghamshire (International Trade)

Experts in exterior lighting solutions internationally for sports, ports, airports, and industrial applications

Heraeus Electro-Nite (UK) Ltd, Derbyshire (International Trade)

Global leader in the development and supply of measurement technology for the steel industry

McGhee Investments Ltd, Derbyshire (International Trade)

Global specialists in the controlled manufacture, machining, recycling, testing and distribution of graphite products

United Cast Bar (UK), Derbyshire (International Trade)

Global leader in the production and international supply of continuous cast iron bar

ML Operations Ltd, trading as Midland Lead, Derbyshire (Sustainable Development)

Sustainable manufacturer of recycled lead sheet – positively impacting on our team, community and environment

D2N2 LEP Chief Executive, Will Morlidge, said:

“Well done to all the businesses in our region who’ve been recognised by the prestigious King’s Award this year in the categories of innovation, international trade and sustainable development.

“Successful businesses are at the heart of our drive to grow the economy, create jobs and upskill our region, and I warmly congratulate them on their success.”

The King’s Awards for Enterprise were previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and were renamed last year to reflect His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II by recognising outstanding UK businesses. The Award programme, now in its 58th year, has awarded over 7,000 companies since its inception in 1965.

This year’s King’s Awards for Enterprise have been given for outstanding achievement in:

  • Innovation
  • International trade
  • Sustainable development
  • Promoting opportunity through social mobility

His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenants will be presenting the Awards to businesses locally throughout the year.

Eligible businesses are free to apply for one or more categories. The recipients pass a robust assessment process, judged by experts from industry, academia, the voluntary sector and senior officials in Whitehall. The King’s Awards for Enterprise recipients are recommended by the Prime Minister.

Find out more about the King’s Awards for Enterprise


D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) covers the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire region, convening the businesses, universities, colleges and local authorities in our region to drive low carbon, economic growth and productivity, skills & careers, inclusion and delivery excellence. The D2N2 LEP team and functions will transition into the East Midlands Combined County Authority during 2024.

For media enquiries, contact:

Nicola Swaney

Head of External Affairs, D2N2 LEP

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