Lancashire chemicals firm in Queen’s win

AWARD: Lord-Lieutenant, Lord Shuttleworth with Peter Evans
AWARD: Lord-Lieutenant, Lord Shuttleworth with Peter Evans
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A Walton Summit chemical manufacturer is celebrating the official presentation of its Queen’s Award at its factory.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is recognised as Britain’s most coveted prize for business success. It was received in recognition of Evans Vanodine’s overseas sales growth over the last three years.

The presentation was made by the Queen’s personal representative in Lancashire, the Lord-Lieutenant, Lord Shuttleworth.

The event was also attended by The Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Mrs Mary Green, and by Karen Holden, UK Trade and Industry advisor.

After a tour of the factory, where Lord Shuttleworth was able to see the laboratories and filling lines in action and talk to members of staff, he presented the Award to Peter Evans, Managing Director.

Lord Shuttleworth said “This award is not for the directors or shareholders, this award is for each and every staff member who has contributed to the success of the company.”

He also commented on the longevity of the staff, many of whom have worked at Evans for over 25 years, with some even approaching 40 and 50 year milestones.

Peter Thompson, International Division Manager thanked the Lord-Lieutenant and said “Evans is a company where exporting is in its blood.

“To be successful in international trade, a company must invest in its people and its systems and we are very proud to do both at Evans Vanodine, which enables us to take advantage of the huge opportunities that exporting can offer.”

Evans Vanodine also won the BIBA for Exporter of the Year this year. It exports to 72 countries and recently added New Zealand and South Africa to those seeking its cleaning and hygiene applications.