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Bootle business bestowed with prestigious Queens Award

A business reception was held to celebrate the presentation of the prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise to a Bootle business supported by InvestSefton.

The award was presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Mark Blundell, in recognition of Richardsons Healthcare Ltd outstanding growth in its exports.

The family owned private business, which is based in Bootle, started trading in 1988 and designs and manufactures operating table and birthing mattresses.

Richardsons Healthcare Ltd, has championed British-made manufacturing and exporting in Sefton for many years. This includes working with InvestSefton, Sefton Council’s enterprise and inward investment service on initiatives including chairing the Sefton Export Advisory Group, Sefton Economic Forum and the UK International Business Festival.

The prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of:
* Innovation
* International trade
* Sustainable development
* Promoting opportunity through social mobility

On winning the Queens Award for Enterprise, Michael Gould, Managing Director, said: “This is wonderful recognition of the hard work and professionalism of our entire team.
“Despite being the 5th largest economy, the United Kingdom is ranked only 9th for exporting. More British companies need to recognise the huge benefits of becoming an exporter in terms of profitability and the spreading of commercial risk.
“I hope in the near future to be helping in some major export awareness events, supported by our local chambers of commerce and the Department for International Trade. There is plenty of help and assistance available for companies who would like to start exporting and we need to make businesses aware of it.”

Despite a difficult economic trading environment for UK manufacturers, the company’s overseas earnings grew by 66% over a three-year period. Their main customer base includes Germany, France, Finland, Sweden and Italy. However the company has more recently expanded their export market to the USA and China.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, added: “We are extremely proud of Richardsons who continue to fly the flag for the British manufacturing industry, and Sefton.
“They are positive about employing residents and have worked with InvestSefton and the Department for International Trade in encouraging other Sefton businesses to consider exporting. I am delighted that this work will continue and we may hopefully get to see other Sefton businesses being recognised in this way.”

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns and Deputy Lieutenant Colonel Mark Underwood OBE also attended the event.

Paul Stowers, head of the Department for International Trade in the North West, said: “It’s fantastic to see Richardson’s Healthcare win the Queen’s Award, as they’re already one of the Department for International Trade’s Export Champions.

“They are a great local company, and is a brilliant example to others about how to succeed overseas.
“Companies that export not only increase their customer base and spread their risk, but we know that they also become more innovative and resilient, so tend to do better in their home market as well as abroad. I urge all businesses to follow Richardson’s example.”