A Pocklington food safety company has been given the royal thumbs up after receiving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
Detectamet, based on the industrial estate, has been given the award in recognition of its successful development of international trade.
The Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding, Susan Cunliffe-Lister, presented the award to the directors and staff of Detectamet.
The Queen’s Award recognises Detectamet’s continuously growing volumes of exports to more than 100 countries and has, over the past three years, continuously increased exports achieving a growth of more than 80%.
Founded only 12 years ago, Detectamet products are bought and used by food and pharmaceutical companies around the world to help to protect their products from contamination.
The company employs almost 35 people who design, manufacture and distribute products that are made using metal and x-ray detectable plastics. If pieces of this plastic end up in the food they will be identified and rejected by the metal or x-ray inspection systems used by many food manufacturing companies.
Angela Musson-Smith, Detectamet’s Managing Director, explained: “When my husband and I started our business in 2003 we could only dream of being honoured by an award such as this. Sean and I are so grateful to our staff, suppliers and local service companies who have helped us to fulfil our hopes and make our dreams come true.”
The timing of this award adds further impetus to Detectamet’s exporting plans. Detectamet Incorporated is opening for business in the USA in September. From its base in Richmond Virginia it will be able to service its growing list of North American customers more efficiently.
Detectamet’s CEO, Sean Smith, said “We really hope that our success will encourage other small and medium enterprises in the county to grasp the opportunities of exporting.”