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Queen's awards success for Welsh Firms

Businesses from across Wales, including a video games and interactive movie firm and a call-blocking technology specialist, have been recognised in the latest Queen’s Awards.

The awards are made annually by the Queen and are given for the “highest levels of excellence” demonstrated in categories including international trade, innovation and sustainable development.

Those honoured are able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years.

Eight organisations from Wales have been recognised among the 220 national recipients, which include 128 winners of the international trade award, 66 winners of the innovation award, 19 winners of the sustainable development award and seven winners of the promoting opportunity award.

The most recognised category in Wales is international trade, of which there are four winners.

Among the international trade winners is Wales Interactive, a multi-award winning video games and interactive movie publisher and developer. Based in Pencoed, Wales Interactive’s titles include Late Shift, Don’t Knock Twice, The Shapeshifting Detective, Time Carnage and The Bunker.

The business was established in 2011 and today has a global presence.

Also recognised for international trade is CPR Global Tech, a designer and manufacturer of call blocking technology and self-care products for independent living.

The Swansea-based firm picks up the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the second time following on from its win in 2018.

CPR Global Tech was established in 2010 to tackle the growing problem of nuisance calls and produce a range of stand-alone call blocking devices that plug in to landline phones and allow the user to cut off and permanently block nuisance and scam calls.

As the issue of nuisance calls has grown into a global problem, CPR has followed suit and moved into foreign markets including the US, Australia and throughout countries in Europe.

Wrexham-based Air Covers, which designs and makes aircraft protection products is another international trade winner. The company’s products have been proven on the toughest deployed operations, from Antarctica to the Middle East providing protection against UV, salt, heat, sand-storms, humidity, ice and snow.

Ruth Lee Ltd, a manufacturer of training manikins designed to provide realistic simulated casualties for rescue and safety training, has also been recognised for its exploits in international trade.

The Denbighshire business now exports more than 60 per cent of its production overseas, with the US, Australia and Germany being its biggest international markets

SPTS Technologies is recognised in the innovation category. The business is behind a plasma dicing system for separating individual microelectronic chips/die from a 300mm framed silicon wafer

Other Queen’s Award were won by Clynfyw Community Interest Company and Dresd for sustainable development, while Cyfle Building Skills, a social mobility programme enabling young adults to gain sustainable employment within the construction industry, is recognised for promoting opportunity.

“We are delighted to see a number of our clients recognised in the latest Queen’s Awards. This is a fantastic achievement and something all businesses should be very proud of” said Harri Lloyd Davies, Partner at Bevan Buckland LLP.