Queen’s Awards for two Calderdale companies

Managing director Paul Barraclough and chairman Howard Barrett at Boxford Ltd, Elland.
Managing director Paul Barraclough and chairman Howard Barrett at Boxford Ltd, Elland.

TWO leading firms have an extra special reason for celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Year.

Elland company Boxford Ltd, and James Heal, of Boothtown, have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

The highest accolade for business success is especially rewarding in the current difficult economic climate.

Machine tool maker Boxford employs 70 and recently relocated to a new factory at Dewsbury Road.

Its award particularly recognised achievements in international trade with exports of its educational computer aided design and manufacturing machinery up by 600 per cent during the last three years. Managing director Paul Barraclough said: “The award reflects the efforts of the entire Boxford workforce.

“Our recent and significant investments in state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment also played a major part in the company being able to undertake short-delivery opportunities.”

Recently, Boxford was also crowned “Manufacturer of the Year” in a regional competition and given the “Made by Britain” accolade by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

James Heal, based at Richmond Works, Lake View, dates back to 1872 and is a precision engineering company designing, developing and manufacturing testing instruments and test materials for fabric and garment makers and independent test houses.

It is the second time it has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and over 90 per cent of its products and services are exported.

Managing director David Repper also praised his workforce.

“We are honoured and delighted and it is a fitting reward for the enterprise, diligence and dedication of more than 100 skilled and talented people who work for James Heal,” he said.