A COMPANY supplying machines for the education market has collected industry’s top award.
And the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise is just the latest in a string of successes for Elland-based Boxford Ltd.
The presentation of the Queen’s Award was made by Dr Ingrid Roscoe, Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire before management, employees and invited guests at the firm’s Dewsbury Road site.
The award for international trade recognises Boxford’s achievements in exporting computer-controlled manufacturing machines and software for use in design and technology teaching to markets across the world.
The company has engineered a six-fold increase in sales over the past three years – with almost 40% of exports going to new markets.
Over the years, more than 60,000 Boxford machines tools have been supplied to schools, colleges and training centres in more than 200 countries.
Managing director Paul Barraclough said “The award reflects the efforts of the entire Boxford team from the sales force to the production workforce to the administration staff to the customer service department.
“Our recent and significant investments in state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment has also played a major role in the company being able to undertake short-delivery opportunities.”
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise crowns an eventful year for the company and its 42-strong staff.
Earlier in 2012, Boxford was named Manufacturer of the Year in a regional competition and was given the “Made by Britain” accolade by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
And company chairman Howard Barrett was presented with the Design and Technology Association’s highest award – that for Outstanding Contribution to Design and Technology Education.
The award, which was won by Mr Barraclough in 2004, recognised his work in setting up a highly praised programme of on-site training and monitoring for users of Boxford UK-supplied equipment to ensure the kit is used to its full potential.
The successes also coincided with the company’s move from its home for 70 years – a former cotton-mill factory in Halifax – to its custom-built factory in Elland.
Boxford was established in Halifax in the early 1940s and produced its first small lathes for toolmakers, model makers and training in 1946.