Ant Group, trading as Integrity Cleanroom and Antistat, has been recognised with an esteemed Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade for outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales over the last three years.
Founded over thirty years ago with a £2000 loan from the Prince’s Youth Business Trust by Suffolk businessman John Hensley, Ant Group is now an award-winning global enterprise forecasting £20m+ for 2020, trading in 60 countries with 55 full-time staff employed in the UK, EU and the US. The group delivers innovative packaging, specialist ESD and cleanroom consumables to the electronics, pharma, biotech, defence and automotive sectors as well as providing global service, supply chain management and procurement outsourcing to manufacturing companies worldwide with exports projected to increase by 45% in 2020.
Commenting on the announcement, John Hensley, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ant Group said: ‘This is global and national recognition of our success. To be able to acknowledge, celebrate and recognise the fantastic growth and success of our business is a huge morale boost for the whole team as we fight Covid-19. It illustrates that hard work and endeavour do not go unrecognised and will spur us on to even greater things’.
Now in its 54th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years. This year, 220 Queen’s Awards have been announced for outstanding business achievement in the fields of International Trade, Innovation, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility).
Ant Group will celebrate its award during a royal reception for Queen’s Awards winners in the summer at Buckingham Palace.