Firm accepts coveted prize for second time

AN AWARD-WINNING firm has been presented with a prestigious prize for the second time in three years.

ETI were presented with the Queen's Award for Enterprise last week. SUS-141011-152206001
ETI were presented with the Queen's Award for Enterprise last week. SUS-141011-152206001

Electronic thermometer manufacturer ETI was presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade at its new facility in Dominion Way, East Worthing, last week.

Managing director Peter Webb said: “Receiving the Queen’s Award for Enterprise is an honour for the company and recognises the achievements and dedication undertaken by all of our employees.

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“By investing just over £1 million in our new factory in Dominion Way this year, we have been able to lay the foundations for the continued growth of the business in years to come.”

The presentation was attended by Worthing mayor Vic Walker and dignitaries including Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, Susan Pyper.

In a speech, she commended the firm on its ‘outstanding achievement’, noting the importance of its close relationship with its workforce.

ETI was one of two firms in the area to be awarded the accolade, joining Upper Beeding-based 7thSense in being recognised this year.

Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce chief executive Tina Tilley said: “The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is a very prestigious award and it’s great to see a company in our area recognised at such a high level.

“Such awards give firms international credibility in the market and is a real seal of approval for ETI, especially as they have been awarded it for a second time.”

Mr Webb, set up the business with his wife, Miriam, in 1983.

It now sells over one million thermometers every year; making it the UK’s largest digital thermometer manufacturer and exporter.

As a result, ETI has seen continued growth with an annual turnover of more than £10 million.

It manufactures nearly three-quarters of its hand-built products on site at its two factories, providing employment for 160 local people. The firm now turns its attention to the Adur and Worthing Business Awards tomorrow.