Three companies from the veterinary sector have been celebrating this week after being honoured in the latest round of Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

Queen's Awards for Enterprise
Lintbells, Protexin and Dog Rocks Distribution were among the 243 British firms to receive the 2016 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

Held annually on the Queen’s birthday (21 April), the awards recognise British firms that have excelled in three categories:

  • innovation
  • international trade
  • sustainable development

Winners revealed

Among the 243 British firms named on the winners list for 2016 were Lintbells, Protexin and Dog Rocks Distribution.

Winners in the innovation category was Lintbells for the development of its clinically proven joint supplement for dogs, YuMOVE while Protexin picked up its second Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category, having previously won an award in 2011.

Protexin commercial director Jonathan Sowler said: “The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are a global stamp of approval and well-known across the world. To be recognised again that we have excelled in an industry we are passionate about and dedicated to is fantastic.

“We have built strong international relationships across the globe with our trusted partners, which are committed to educating their markets about our products and appreciate our high-quality manufacturing standards, as well as our commitment to robust scientific research. They are a huge part of this success.”

Best of British

Dog Rocks Distribution was another company to be honoured in the international trade category. An ex-regional winner of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, it entered the European pet market in 2008 and moved into the North American market in 2012.

The company has grown rapidly and now leads 20 product lines, including the award-winning Torus Bowl and Pet Remedy.

Joint owner Carina Evans said: “It was a welcome surprise when the email popped into my inbox signifying a win. It’s an auspicious date, being the Queen’s 90th birthday, and we are delighted to have cause to celebrate with Her Majesty.”

Those honoured in this year’s list will be able to use the Queen’s Awards emblem for five years – a marker showing they are “the best of British business”, according to business secretary Sajid Javid.

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