Knowsley-based manufacturer Counterline has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for continuous growth in international trade.
The £12m turnover company, which in 2018 will celebrate its 35th year anniversary, designs and manufactures bespoke and standard foodservice counters and display units.
Initially serving the UK hotel industry, Counterline was then asked to design, manufacture and install foodservice areas of corporate headquarters, sports venues and leisure complexes.
The recent consumer trend for grab and go food has brought the manufacturer install opportunities in well-known supermarkets and coffee franchises, whilst also investing in what it terms as ever-more environmentally friendly materials, technologies and manufacturing processes.
Counterline believes its reputation and pride in its ‘Made in the UK’ credentials are key reasons it is exporting to countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Far East, Central Asia and Australasia. Export sales have more than trebled over the last 6 years and now represent 25% of total turnover.
MD Tim Flood stated: “It is unusual for a UK company in our line of business to export at such high levels, let alone report continuous year-on-year growth for export sales over 6 years.
“The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is the UK’s highest accolade for business success. Our award for outstanding continuous growth in international trade rightfully acknowledges the dedication of all our staff and partners across the globe who continue to build Counterline’s reputation as the ‘go to’ company for quality products and design solutions within the foodservice counter and display market.
“We couldn’t be prouder…and yes, we will be celebrating!”