The Diamond Dispersions team and distinguished guests from across the UK were joined by Andrew J Coombe, the HM Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire and Tony Downing, Lord Mayor of Sheffield for the prestigious event.
Following a speech by Sanjay Kalhan, general manager, Performance Coatings at the Lubrizol Corporation, The Lord Lieutenant presented the Citation and Symbol to Leon Marples, team leader for Diamond Dispersions.
Commenting on the presentation, Leon Marples said: “It was an honour to accept the award on behalf of all of my colleagues – it means a great deal to us to be formally recognised in this way. Diamond is a fantastic company to be part of. We work hard, we enjoy what we do but, most importantly, everything we do is done as a team. Together we excel at what we do and I’m extremely proud to be part of such a hugely successful team.”
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise recognises British businesses that excel in four categories, including International Trade, Innovation, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity. It is the highest official UK awards programme.
Diamond Dispersions, which manufactures colour concentrates used in the manufacture of inkjet inks, mainly for the digital printing of textiles, is no stranger to the accolade having previously won the Queen’s Award for International Trade in 2012.
Overseas sales have more than doubled over the three-year application period and the proportion of sales exported has increased to 82% of total sales.
Concludes Sanjay Kalhan, general manager, Performance Coatings at the Lubrizol Corporation: “It was a real pleasure to host this event and share our success with so many people who have supported Diamond over the years. Winning a Queen’s Award is testament to the skill and dedication shown by the entire Diamond team who each play a unique role in the continued growth of the business.”