A CORSHAM science company is one of the winners in this year’s Queen's Awards for Enterprise.

The awards have been announced for 2021 and feature 19 companies from across the South West, including Glentham Life Sciences Ltd in Corsham, which has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade 2021.

The company is one of 205 organisations nationally to be recognised with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise, it has been announced today (April 29).

Glentham Life Sciences, which sources and supplies fine chemicals, biochemicals and raw materials for use in research development, production and laboratory applications, has been recognised for its excellence in international trade.

The company was founded by co-directors Sam White and Nicholas Zieleniewski in Wimbledon in 2013 and moved to Leafield Way in Corsham in 2015 after outgrowing the original premises.

In 2017, the company was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Outstanding Short Term Growth in the International Trade category, and has since gone from strength to strength. Overseas sales grew by 65 per cent in three years and generate 85 per cent of the company’s total revenue.

Sam said: “It is an honour to win a Queen’s Award for the second time. The award is a tremendous achievement for our team, whose hard work has continued to drive sustained growth and success for our company."

During the accounting period considered by the 2021 award, the company doubled the number of staff from five to 10, started its own production on a small scale, averaged double the number of dispatched orders per day and is selling to more countries internationally, with key partnerships now active in countries including South Africa and Vietnam.

The company has also continued to grow as an essential supplier for Covid-19 test kits and for research into Covid-19 therapies.

More recently, the firm has moved to larger premises in Corsham, increasing its warehouse space to more than 22,000 square feet, over four times bigger than its former premises, built additional laboratory and production space to cater for the growth in this side of the business, and employed a further six staff, to 16 in total.

It has also further developed its in-house developed web-based sales platform, incorporating foreign languages and additional functionality.

Now in its 55th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years.

The annual Queen’s Awards are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the fields of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility.

The scheme was first established by a royal warrant of November 30, 1965 as The Queen's Award to Industry. The first accolades were handed out in 1966 and are presented by the Queen on behalf of the Prime Minister of the day.

The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of companies around Britain. They are usually announced on the Queen's birthday but were delayed this year following the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

The winners are invited to a Royal reception and presented with the award by the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, one of The Queen’s representatives.

They are able to fly The Queen’s Awards flag at their main office and use the emblem on their marketing materials, including packaging, advertisements, stationery and website.

They are also given a Grant of Appointment (an official certificate) and a commemorative crystal trophy.

Applications for Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2022 open on May 1. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise.