Staff raise Queen’s flag in celebration

David Repper and Diane Oldfield hoist the Queens Award for Industry flag at James Heal, Boothtown.
David Repper and Diane Oldfield hoist the Queens Award for Industry flag at James Heal, Boothtown.
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Precision engineering firm James Heal celebrated its Queen’s Award by raising a flag outside its premises at Boothtown, Halifax.

James Heal, was honoured in the recent Queen’s birthday awards winning recognition for enterprise in international trade.

The company is now allowed to display the emblem for five years.

Managing Director David Repper and long serving employee and Sales Account Manager Diane Oldfield had the honour of raising the flag.

Mr Repper, who is celebrating 30 years as managing director after taking over from his father, Harry Repper, said: “This year we are celebrating some major milestones in the company’s history.

“It is our 140th anniversary year, we are celebrating our second Queen’s Award win, and the 30th anniversary of my appointment.

“The company has evolved greatly in the last 30 years, and I am extremely proud that James Heal remains a UK manufacturer of engineered products and is very successfully defying the trend to move production off-shore.”

He said the company owed its success to staff, past and present.

James Heal manufacture textile testing laboratory instruments and test materials, all under one roof.

The family-owned-and-run company supply equipment to textile and garment manufacturers worldwide, many of whom supply retailers renowned for high quality standards including Next, Marks & Spencer, Louis Vuitton, and the majority of the world’s major car manufacturers.

Manufactured from component level up, James Heal’s high quality precision instruments and associated products allow retailers to feel confident in the quality of garments wherever they are produced.

The company comprises of four core divisions: Testing Instruments, Test Materials, Service and Calibration and Technical Assistance.

Its ethos is based on quality in design and technological innovation. All instruments are designed and manufactured in Halifax, and its products and services are channelled through worldwide agents and distributors.