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Queen’s Award recognises pro-audio’s success, times three

Professional audio was well represented at this year’s Queen’s Award for Enterprise, as Allen & Heath, Focusrite and Turbosound each brought home a prize.

On 21 April, Allen & Heath, Focusrite and Turbosound were announced as winners of this year’s Queen’s Awards, in honour of their outstanding achievement in enterprise. All three companies have also won in previous years. Allen & Heath has been awarded for a second time in the International Trade category (their first was in 1995), for the company’s success in export growth between 2008 and 2011, with overseas earnings growing by 64%, along with growth in turnover and profit. “As a British company, we are thrilled to be recognised by the Queen’s Award Office once again. Since Allen & Heath’s inception in 1969, our goal has been to build a premium global brand, and the relationships we have formed with our distribution partners, which now number more than 80 across the globe, are key to our success,” commented Allen & Heath’s managing director, Glenn Rogers. “Not only do we rely on this international network to spread the reach of the Allen & Heath brand but also to gather customer feedback, which influences our future product development.” Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd. has also been awarded in the category of International Trade. The company collected their first prize in the Innovation category in 2008. Founder and executive chairman Phil Dudderidge commented on news of the Award: “This is a great recognition of the outstanding growth of our international business over the past three years, well over 100%. I would like to acknowledge not only the supreme efforts of our staff in the UK and abroad but also our distribution and retail partners and not least our hundreds of thousands of customers around the world who depend on Focusrite and Novation products in their music.” The company’s Award follows a reported three consecutive years of sustained growth in global business and market, aided by the opening of offices in the United States and Germany over this period. Rounding up the triumvirate of pro-audio winners is West Sussex-based speaker manufacturer Turbosound, who have won this year for Innovation. The company’s recently-launched Flashline sound system combines the Polyhorn and Dendritic waveguides in a multi-drive-unit loudspeaker system that delivers a hi-fi listening experience to all audience members at indoor and outdoor events. Managing director Simon Blackwood said: “The design team has come up with two truly innovative concepts – the Polyhorn and Dendritic waveguides – deployed across three product ranges which contribute towards the ever-increasing quality of sound reproduction at live concerts and in permanent installations, and which are set to earn the company significant income both at home and in our 45-plus export markets.”