The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field, has presented a local company with one of Britain’s most prestigious business awards.
Quorum Technologies Ltd, in Lewes Road, Laughton, won the Queen’s Award for International Trade.
Mr Field was accompanied at the ceremony by the Deputy Lieutenant, Hugh Burnett.
They were welcomed by Quorum Managing Director Lee Howell and the presentation was made to David Barnbrook.
Individual awards were then made to each member of staff on a proud day for the company, which started in 2001 with just four employees.
The accolade was the result of an impressive export drive by Quorum – increasing overseas sales by 72 per cent over three years and selling 92 per cent of its production overseas.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are given for outstanding achievement by UK businesses. The awards are made annually by The Queen, and are only given for the highest levels of excellence. Quorum manufactures market-leading scientific instruments used for preparing specimens for observation with electron microscopes.
Electron microscopy is a key research tool in almost every area of scientific endeavour, from the fight against cancer and major diseases, through to food safety and the development of advanced microelectronics and new materials.