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East Midlands Chamber congratulates region’s winners of Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

MasterMover partners Andy Owen and James Jones

Four East Midlands Chamber members have won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s most prestigious business awards.

Swadlincote-based vitamin manufacturer Brunel Healthcare (international trade), Leicester-based Indian snack brand Cofresh Snack Foods (international trade), Derby-based sportswear brand HUUB (innovation) and Ashbourne-based electric tugs manufacturer MasterMover (international trade) were among 205 winners.

The awards – established in 1965 and judged by senior Whitehall officials and experts from industry, academia and the third sector – recognised firms across a diverse range of sectors.

MasterMover, which started trading in 2009, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of compact, powerful, battery-operated tugs that allow its customers to safely move wheeled loads ranging in weight from 50kg to more than 100,000 kg.

It works in sectors including manufacturing, pharmaceutical, healthcare, food production, retail and logistics.

The company has subsidiaries in North America, Germany and France alongside a global sales partner network, and was recognised for outstanding continuous growth in overseas sales over the past six years.

Managing director Andy Owen said: “Receiving the Queen's Award is a recognition of the hard work and dedication of everybody in the company and the journey so far that we've been on together.”

HUUB, founded by Dean Jackson nine years ago, has used science to innovate wetsuits now used by the world’s elite triathletes, including Olympic medallists, as well as keep-fit enthusiasts and amateur competitors.

HUUB founder Dean Jackson

Dean, who left school with two O levels, said: “I would never have dreamed when starting this business on my kitchen table nine years ago that we would be recognised for what really makes HUUB special – our innovation.

“We constantly strive to make athletes better and faster, and our sport more fulfilling. We are relentless in the pursuit of performance and innovation sits at the heart of everything we do.”

This year’s four award categories were innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility. Winners are permitted use of the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years.

Other winners in the region were Novametrics (international trade), Total Saddle Solutions (innovation), Apption Labs (innovation and international trade), EarthSense Systems (innovation), GH Hurt & Son (international trade), and ONYX InSight (innovation and international trade).

East Midlands' manufacturing reputation continues to flourish

East Midlands Chamber chief executive Scott Knowles said: “Manufacturing has long been a huge part of the East Midlands economy, so it’s no surprise to see many businesses from this industry within our region recognised with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

“At a time when companies must be bold and ambitious to achieve growth following the twin challenges of Brexit and Covid-19, it's great to see companies like Brunel Healthcare, Cofresh Snack Foods and MasterMover selling their products across the world in both established and new markets.

“Innovation will also be hugely important to our nation’s economic recovery and objective to build back better, so it’s great to see more fantastic examples of this from companies like HUUB, whose kit will be worn by some of the world’s top triathletes at this summer’s Olympics.  

“Along with the recent confirmation of an East Midlands freeport, it’s further evidence of how our region can be an engine for growth as the makers and movers of quality goods.

“We offer our huge congratulations to all the winners and look forward to seeing how this award further aids their development in future.”

Businesses can enter the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2022 from 1 May 2021 at www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise.


Queen’s Award for Enterprise East Midlands winners


Brunel Healthcare Manufacturing (international trade)

HUUB (innovation)

MasterMover (international trade)

Novametrics (international trade)

Total Saddle Solutions (innovation)


Apption Labs (innovation and international trade)

Cofresh Snack Foods (international trade)

EarthSense Systems (innovation)


GH Hurt & Son (international trade)

ONYX InSight (innovation and international trade)