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Royal approval: Four firms from Norfolk and Waveney honoured with Queen’s Enterprise Award

Tony Russell, sales director of Rodtech power sweeping, with a superscrub head, and holding a drill for sweeping chimneys. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Tony Russell, sales director of Rodtech power sweeping, with a superscrub head, and holding a drill for sweeping chimneys. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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As the Queen marks her 90th birthday, companies across Norfolk and Waveney have been honoured with a royal seal of approval.

Epos Now are expanding their business into USA. CEO Jacyn Heavens.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYEpos Now are expanding their business into USA. CEO Jacyn Heavens. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Four firms are among 33 in the East of England to have been recognised in the Queen’s Enterprise Awards, which recognise contributions to business innovation, international trade or sustainable development.

They include Anglia Print Ltd, based in Norwich and Beccles, one of only seven nationally to receive the sustainable development award.

The 38-year-old firm is 100pc powered by renewable energy and has invested in waterless printing presses, uses non-soya vegetable oil-based inks and has had a zero waste to landfill policy since 2005.

Managing director John Popely said: “This has been a whole team effort by our staff and I would like to thank them, our friends, customers and our suppliers who have stood by us while we have gone on this journey to become one of the highest achievers of environmental excellence in printing.”

Staff at Anglia Print Ltd, which has received a Queen's Award for Enterprise. Picture: SUPPLIED.Staff at Anglia Print Ltd, which has received a Queen's Award for Enterprise. Picture: SUPPLIED.

The University of East Anglia’s internationalisation programme, Into UEA, was recognised in the international trade category for having increased the number of international students, boosted its global presence and invested in facilities.

Based on the Norwich campus, it has educated more than 5,000 students, and generated around £60m since it was set up in 2006.

UEA vice-chancellor Prof David Richardson said: “Into UEA was the first of its kind and has not only enjoyed both excellent student satisfaction and academic results but has also made a significant contribution to both UEA and our local economy.”

Future50 member Epos Now, which sells software and electronic till equipment, was granted the innovation award for its customisable cloud software suited to SMEs.

Professor David Richardson, who has been named as chairman of Norwich Research Park.Professor David Richardson, who has been named as chairman of Norwich Research Park.

Rodtech UK Ltd in Hingham was also granted the innovation award for its novel powered chimney-cleaning rods and brushes, which clean with less damage to the flue than traditional methods.

Sales director Tony Russell, whose father Bob designed the device, said: “This award is a culmination of a lot of different assistance, from the staff and the UK Trade and Investment advisers, to the innovation itself.”

All the winners have been invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace in July, and are allowed to use the Queen’s Award emblem for five years.

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