Royal recognition for Pocklington company

Detectamet's Sean Smith and Angela Musson-Smith.
Detectamet's Sean Smith and Angela Musson-Smith.

A Pocklington food safety company has received the royal seal of approval after landing a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s highest accolade for business success.

Detectamet, based on the industrial estate, has received the award in recognition of its successful development of international trade. Over the past three years, the company has continuously increased exports achieving a growth of more than 80%.

Founded 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 40 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.

The company makes and distributes more than 300 products to more than 100 countries.

The products include several types of detectable pens, detectable protective clothing, processing and handling equipment.

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.”

Sean Smith, the company’s CEO, said: “Our business is founded on the dual policies of continuous development of products and an undaunted drive to expand our 
markets.” The timing of this award adds further impetus to Detectamet’s exporting plans. Next month the company is opening a subsidiary in the USA through which it will be able to service its growing list of North American customers more efficiently. Only one other company based in East Yorkshire has won such recognition in the past five years and Detectamet hope its success will encourage other small and medium enterprises in the county to grasp the opportunities of exporting. Last year Detectamet narrowly missed out on winning a national and a regional award for its products, innovation and technology.