London's largest bicycle manufacturer, Brompton, has today told BikeBiz that it has been highlighted twice in the Queen's birthday honours.
In recognition of its efforts to grow its international business, the first of the two awards is in the International Trade category. Brompton has consecutively grown its export revenues over the past six years, recording a 184 per cent rise in trade. 60 jobs have also been created as a result.
The second of the two gongs is for Innovation. This accolade recognises the continued design improvements and also takes into account improved manufacturing efficiency.
Will Butler-Adams, managing director of Brompton Bicycle, comments: "In 1995, as a fledgling company lead by the inventor Andrew Ritchie, Brompton was honoured by the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement. That award gave the staff and distributors great pride and enthusiasm as it recognised the success of this London-made folding bike. That team, augmented by a further 90 staff, has worked hard over the intervening 15 years to turn that early triumph into a long-lasting British manufacturing success story.
"All of us at Brompton are immensely proud and honoured by the recognition of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in both the International Trade and Innovation categories. Our aims today remain the same as they ever were: to make great folding bikes that do everything and more that is asked of them, made here in London and enjoyed the world over."