140 year old engineering company celebrates with Queen’s Award

Dr Ingrid Roscoe with David Repper

Dr Ingrid Roscoe with David Repper

A Halifax company celebrated its 140th anniversary with the presentation of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

James Heal, of Boothtown, is a precision engineering company specialising in the design and manufacture of textile testing laboratory instruments.

The Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Dr Ingrid Roscoe presented the Queen’s Award to managing director David Repper.

He has headed the company for 30 years and said: “This is a great honour and a tribute to the diligence and dedication of over 100 employees and many individuals and companies who have contributed to this achievement.”

The company joins a select group of firms which have received a second Queen’s award - in 1995 it was presented with the Queen’s Award for Export.

Despite difficulties in the economy James Heal is bucking the trend with growth in sales and its workforce.

Over the past three years the company’s turnover has seen significant growth with much of that generated in international markets and that success in export sales was recognised with the latest Queen’s Award.

The company works with a network of agents throughout the world which enables it to provide a global service.

Representatives from the top 10 agencies joined the celebratory event as it coincided with a week-long international conference designed to share best practice and reinforce the company strategy.

The agents came from European countries and further afield including Taiwan, Bangladesh and China.

Mr Repper said the firm was proud to be British and that is a powerful selling point.

“Customers recognise the unique textile industry expertise in the UK and the ability to translate customer needs into quality products and services,” he said.

Staff and customers also attended the event held at Bowers Mill, Barkisland.




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