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Winners of 2019 Queen's Award for Enterprise announced

Published: Tuesday, 23rd April 2019 QAE logo

Three Worcestershire Companies win The Queen's Award for Enterprise (QAE).

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious business awards, offering recipients global acknowledgment that their company is outstanding in its field. The QAE recognise and encourage the outstanding achievements of UK businesses in the categories of:

  • Innovation
  • International Trade
  • Sustainable Development
  • Promoting Opportunity through social mobility

This year three Worcestershire companies have received this Award, they are:

  • Thorlux Lighting
  • JMDA (John Martin Design Associates Limited)
  • Seada Technology LTD


Thorlux Lighting, based in Redditch, has been manufacturing since 1936 and wins the Award in the Innovation category for their SmartScan wireless lighting management system.

Thorlux Managing Director, Mike Allcock, said, “It is a huge honour to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. This is a most welcome recognition of our commitment to supporting technological innovation in the UK and of our contribution to the manufacturing sector. It is a reflection of the tremendous energy and commitment of our staff as well as their pursuit of the very best in product innovation.”


Mike Allcock, Managing Director, Thorlux


JMDA Design wins the Award in the International Trade category in recognition for their outstanding contribution to child car seat safety globally.

Derrick Barker, Creative and Managing Director at JMDA Design explains what winning a Queen’s Award means to the team saying, “We were all overwhelmed when the news of our Queen’s Award was announced! Our journey started in 1991 when I began the business with my wife Cherril Barker, who is the Marketing and Finance Director at JMDA. Of course, the landscape of child car seat design was very different back then, but our commitment to child safety has never changed and we’re delighted to now be designing our 95th child car seat.” He adds, “It really is a team effort at JMDA and winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2019 for International Trade makes me extremely proud of everything we’ve achieved over the years. Our dedication to the industry is now even stronger than ever!”




Founded only 6 years ago, Seada Technology are specialists in Video Wall Controllers, Conference and Audio-Visual equipment and receives their award for International Trade.

David Ren, Commercial Director of the company, said: ‘‘We are very proud and honoured to be recognised for this prestigious award. Seada works not only in the UK but have a wide client base around the world. We believe this award will be very important to us, as new and existing customers will see this award and gain trust in the company. People will be able to acknowledge Seada as a leading brand and this accolade will only help us continue growth internationally as well as within the UK.’


The Lord-Lieutenant will present these winning companies with their Awards later this year.  They will also be invited to attend a Buckingham Palace reception and will then be able to use the Awards Emblem as an internationally recognised endorsement.

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