Enterprising business

Meat processor Jeffrey Davies & Davies officially received its Queen's Awards for Enterprise on Friday 20 October from Allan Willett CMG, Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Kent, at the company's Sevenoaks office, Kent.

The company believes it is one of only two meat businesses in the last thirty years to have received such a prestigious award, which recognises and rewards outstanding achievement by UK companies.

Managing director, Jeffrey Davies said: "It proves that it is possible to have success in a market place that is extremely difficult. Good people and quality products provide a head start - energy and effort make the difference."

The company also said it was 'delighted to have won this accolade at the first time of applying'. Davies told MTJ that the company received the award on behalf of the trade as it held its head up in very difficult times. "Part of the period over which we were assessed was during the foot-and-mouth outbreak, which in our eyes makes the achievement all that more treasured," he said. "In the most recent year that this award relates to, we exported over 13,000 tonnes of pork, poultry and other meats to Europe and the Far East. This was against the background of avian flu and the other hygiene issues that beset our industry. It takes something very special from staff, suppliers and customers, without any of whom, we could not have achieved these results."

The award in the International Trade Category reflects the achievements in meat exports over the past few years and as well as receiving a 'magnificent crystal bowl' and special scroll signed by Her Majesty The Queen and the Prime Minister, the company can utilise the Queen's Award For Enterprise logo on promotional material for the next five years.

Davies added: "The accolade has already brought us new business and we have had much praise from our suppliers, who are proud to be associated with our company."