GIG’s international growth secures a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise
Words can’t express how honoured we are to be awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade 2017!
It is the second time that we have received this award; the UK’s highest accolade for business success in recognition of our outstanding international trade results which have seen the company, formed 33 years ago, expand into the global operation it is today.
GIG won its first Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2014 for international performance and have now won a second; the Queen's Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth Award – having achieved steep year-on-year growth in overseas sales across the catering and the brand support and logistics business over the last three years.
Tony Laurenson CEO and Founder of GIG, said: “This is another tremendous honour which recognises the fantastic efforts of all of our loyal and hard-working staff who have helped us to grow our brand across the globe. It was amazing to win our first award in 2014 and we haven’t rested on our laurels. In fact, the first Queen’s Award inspired us to drive forward and build on that success. We have seen the business achieve remarkable overseas appeal and growth over the past few years with international projects such as the European Games, automotive events, product launches and tech conferences now accounting for half of our overall turnover.”
“I am immensely proud of what we have achieved since I launched the business in 1984 from my father’s garage. Many of my team have been alongside me throughout most of this journey including Bonnie May, GIG’s Global Operations Director, and Mary Shelley Smith, Global Operations Director for tour and crew catering division Eat to the Beat. We now employ over 120 full-time staff with around 3,000 freelancers working for us around the world. Our recent performance, and these very prestigious Queen’s Awards, demonstrate that GIG really is what our name says, a truly global catering and logistics operation!”
Tony and Mary will attend a special reception for The Queen’s Award winners at Buckingham Palace later this year. The awards were inaugurated in 1966 as The Queen’s Award to Industry but have evolved into The Queen’s Award for Enterprise and divided into Innovation, Sustainable Development and International Trade categories.
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