AN UCKFIELD firm has won a Queen’s Award.
Scientifica, which develops and manufactures equipment for electrophysiology researchers, has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2012. This prestigious business award is given on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is helped by an advisory committee including representatives of government, industry and commerce.
The Award recognises the contribution that export has made to Scientifica’s growth over recent years. Today, 70% of the company’s business is achieved through overseas sales. The US is its biggest market, followed by France, Germany and the rest of Europe, while Scientifica has also opened up new markets in the Asia Pacific region and is now successfully trading in China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Australasia.
Joint managing director Mark Johnson said: “This Award is great news for us and we hope it will contribute to even more customers overseas choosing to buy our products.”
Scientifica products are used by researchers around the world, predominantly in universities and pharmaceutical companies, most of whom are involved in research into neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, as well as cancer.
Over recent years, the Uckfield head office has grown from a team of just five to now be a key employer in the town with 28 people onboard.
Mark went on: “This Award is significant for Uckfield as a whole and it shows other businesses that it’s a great place to be based.”
As well as Uckfield, Scientifica also has a manufacturing facility in Maidenhead. Since it was launched in 1997, it has grown from a small business to a company employing 42 people across its two sites. Turnover has increased by more than 25% year-on-year for the past six years.
Joint MD David Rogerson added: “We focus solely on providing products for the electrophysiology market, which gives customers reassurance that we understand their requirements and have their best interests in mind. In addition, our engineering quality is universally regarded as excellent and the range we offer is comprehensive.”