A MILTON Keynes manufacturer has landed a remarkable fifth Queen’s Award for Industry.
Beardow Adams, in Blundells Road, Bradville, makes the sticky hot melt adhesives that glue together things like packets of cereals and labels on jars.
The company is one of the leading players in its field and exports 70 per cent of its products around the world. Its particular Queen’s Award was given for International Trade.
Nick Beardow, the company’s sales and marketing director, said: “It’s a great boost for our 85 staff and something they richly deserve.”
“The company started 35 years ago and to win our fifth Queen’s Award in that time and have a turnover of £50 million shows that we, all of us, must be doing something right.”
Hot melt adhesives work by being applied in liquid form and hardening as they cool, sometimes in less than a second.
Mr Beardow added: “We’re not the cheapest player in the market nor are we the biggest but where we win is that our products are specifically developed for the customer’s needs and they’re really reliable so there’s no chance of production being stopped because the things aren’t working properly – the biggest problem facing manufacturers using the wrong glue.”
Last year Beardow Adams was named one of the UK’s 100 fastest growing firms, partly as a result of its expansion into markets as far afield as Australia, Chile and South Africa.
Mr Beardow added: “The Queen is still held in high esteem and that Royal recognition counts for a great deal in many places – even in Argentina where you might have thought they would be a bit anti the British monarchy.”