Vitabiotics, a London-based vitamin manufacturer set up by Indian-origin entrepreneur Dr Kartar Lalvani OBE, has won its second Queen’s Award for innovation.
It’s the first time a vitamin company has received the award for innovation on two occasions. The win also means the firm now has four Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in its trophy cabinet, the latest linked to its Perfectil beauty vitamin range.
Established in 1971, Vitabiotics produces a wide range of vitamin supplements for men and women. The Perfectil range, backed by a marketing campaign featuring singer Nicole Scherzinger, is a nutritional supplement that describes itself as the UK’s number one skin, hair and nails formula.
In a statement, Dr Lalvani said: “Vitabiotics is immensely honoured to once again receive the Queen’s Award for Innovation, in recognition of our unique and highly successful Perfectil research and innovation.
“This accolade is a testament to Vitabiotics and I would like to thank all of our dedicated staff, customers, suppliers and research partners for their continued support.”
Stockport-based energy firm Edina UK, a provider of combined heat and power solutions, was another of this year’s winners, securing an award for innovation for the second time in four years.
The firm was acquired in £55m deal last month by EPAL, a joint venture between state-owned Indian energy services firm EESL and UK-based EnergyPro Asset Management.
According to the firm, the award recognises Edina’s “technical approach and innovation to the total project management of power generation solutions”.
Tony Fenton, former joint-managing director and now adviser, said: “Winning the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, our second Innovation award in four years, is a remarkable achievement and marks another significant milestone in our growth history.
“We are truly honoured to receive such as prestigious award and is a testament to our drive and dedication in providing market leading power generation solutions.”
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise scheme was established in 1965. This year, a total of 230 businesses from across the UK were recognised for their contributions across four categories – international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting opportunity.
Business secretary Greg Clark said: “The UK has some of the most entrepreneurial and innovative minds in the world delivering jobs, growth and greater choice for consumers and I am proud to see a wealth of these businesses being recognised today.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy – 99% of UK firms are small and over 1,000 new businesses start every day. Through our Industrial Strategy we are building a Britain in which they will continue to thrive.”
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