Hebden Bridge company Bluefin Trading scoops Queen's Award for Enterprise
A Calder Valley company has been recognised for international trade as it was announced as one of the winners of the 2021 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise
Bluefin Trading is a e-commerce business that operates Bluefin Fitness, Bluefin SUP and Bluefin Active.
The Hebden Bridge-based company specialises in home fitness equipment, wellbeing, water sports and the outdoors.
This year, 205 businesses representing every part of the United Kingdom and a diverse range of sectors have been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen as among the best in the country.
The focus of this year’s awards is on Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility, an important theme given the challenges that have been faced through the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “The past year has been a tough time for many businesses across the UK, which is why it is more important than ever to celebrate the achievements of our wealth creators and recognise the contributions they make to our communities.
“In the last 12 months, British businesses showed the entrepreneurial spirit that this country is renowned for, continuing to drive social mobility, find new markets to export to and produce innovative products and services.
“I congratulate this year’s winners and I wish every business that applied for an award this year every success in the future as we build back better from the pandemic.”
The awards were created following the recommendation of a committee chaired by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh in 1965. The first awards, originally known as the Queen’s Awards to Industry, were made the following year.
This year’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are given for outstanding achievement in innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity (through social mobility)
Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenants will be presenting the Awards to businesses locally throughout the year.