Queen’s Awards for South West’s best and brightest

By Ben Carey on 27 April, 2022

An elite group of companies from across the region are celebrating after being presented with Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

The Awards are bestowed upon UK businesses for outstanding achievement in the categories of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility.

Scooping an impressive two awards, in the international trade and innovation categories, was Somerset-based Rockit.

The company, founded in 2016, has developed a patent pending sleep aid device for babies.  It can be attached to any pushchair, stroller, or pram, gently rocking it, so a baby falls back to sleep or remains sleeping even when the stroller is no longer being pushed or manually swayed by a parent.

Matt Dyson, CEO and Co-Founder, said, “It is a fantastic honour to be one of only seven companies to achieve two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in 2022.

“We design, manufacture and market sleep aid devices for babies and toddlers and launched our first product, the Rockit portable baby rocker in 2017. My Co-Founder Dr. Nick Webb invented the Rockit to help his own daughter to sleep when her stroller stopped moving and it has since gone on to achieve exceptional success internationally with sales into over 40 countries.

“All our products including the Rockit stroller rocker have innovation at their core, so it is particularly satisfying to win both the innovation and international trade awards. They are the most prestigious business awards in the UK and will have a massively positive impact on helping to promote our brand both at home and abroad. The icing on the cake will be visiting Buckingham Palace in July to be presented with the awards.”

Within Bath and North East Somerset, digital technology agency Storm Consultancy received an award in the innovation category.

Storm’s CEO David Kelly, said, “To be recognised as one of the most innovative companies in the UK through the Queen’s Award programme is fantastic. It is testimony to the incredible hard work and dedication that our team has put in over the years. We are also indebted to the multitude of entrepreneurial individuals and organisations who have entrusted us to bring their ideas to market and then innovate alongside them as they grow.”

 

Another recipient in the innovation category was CiteAb, a joint venture between Storm Consultancy, the University of Bath and Dr Andrew Chalmers. Founded in 2017, CiteAb is now a world-leading market data provider for life science suppliers and a tool for researchers to find products that work for their experiments

CiteAb CEO, Andrew Chalmers, said, “It’s really amazing to look back on how far CiteAb has come from a simple idea I had when working in a lab at the University of Bath, struggling to find antibodies that worked, to being recipients of the Queen’s Award today.

“I am so proud that our Bath-based business now serves suppliers and researchers internationally, helping them accelerate research. This recognition validates our innovative technology to be industry leading and our market-data products high quality, and it shows us that we have the tools to continue making a positive impact in the life science industry.”

In Somerset, Digital Yacht has been recognised with a Queen’s Award for International Trade.

The company designs and manufactures marine navigation and communication products for ships and yachts and exports to over 100 countries.

Founder and CEO, Nick Heyes, said, “This award is an amazing team achievement that celebrates everything we do from product development, local manufacturing, international marketing, logistics and our corporate social responsibilities”

“Digital Yacht started back in 2011 with just a handful of products. Since then, we’ve organically developed innovative products and solutions spending 15 per cent of revenues on R&D. We think about the global market place right from the outset. To earn this Queen’s Award for Enterprise is a huge accomplishment for the business and the whole crew.”