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One of the largest companies in Hailsham, Aspen Pumps Group, who won the award in the category of International Trade, has continued to grow internationally, despite the UKs changing relationship with Europe. The thriving local business has gone from strength to strength in recent years and now employs 187 people, 109 of these from the local area. The afternoon celebrated Aspen’s third Queen’s Award win in the last ten years, this time for Enterprise; International Trade with a presentation from the Lord Lieutenant in his official capacity as a royal representative.
CEO Adrian Thompson said “Winning three Queen’s Awards is a truly remarkable achievement and is a reflection of the fantastic team culture we have here at Aspen. Everyone has had a part to play in getting us to this point. Since I joined the business in 2007 we have focussed on international trade as part of our strategy and today over 75% of our sales come from international markets, an impressive statistic when you consider Aspen was started by 3 air conditioning engineers in a humble garden shed. I continue to be very proud to be part of Aspen and look forward to building our business even further.”
Aspen’s international growth has seen the company noted as one of the most inspiring businesses in the UK, but continues to invest in the British economy by employing local employees.
Also joining the Lord Lieutenant at the celebration were the Chairman of East Sussex County Council, the Mayor of Hailsham and MP Nusrat Ghani who had recently visited Aspen to understand more about the company’s continued successes, despite a period of international trading challenges.
Speaking about his role in the presentation, Lord Lieutenant Peter Field said, “It was an honour to present Aspen Pumps Group with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, International Trade on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen. Aspen is an outstanding company and has contributed greatly to the local economy whilst achieving an impressive global reach. This is a fantastic achievement and I would like to congratulate everyone in the company.”