Global Infusion Group (GIG), a catering, logistics and brand support specialist, has been presented with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2017.
It is the second time that Buckinghamshire-based GIG has received the UK’s highest accolade for business success in recognition of its outstanding international trade results, which have seen the company expand into a global operation.
The award was presented to Tony Laurenson, the founder and chief executive officer of GIG, by Her Majesty’s representative Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire. Also attending the presentation was Peter Bhupatsingh Kara, The High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire.
Aubrey-Fletcher said: “The Queen’s Awards differ from personal honours, OBE’s and MBEs for example, in that they are given to an industrial or business unit as a whole and recognise management and employees working as a team benefiting not only the enterprise but also their local community and country by their achievement.”
GIG won its first Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2014 for international performance. Since then, it has grown overseas sales from events catering, food and beverage project management and brand support by almost 50 per cent. As a result, GIG has now been awarded the Queen’s Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short-Term Growth Award.
Receiving the award at the company’s headquarters in Chesham, Laurenson said: “As a local lad, I’m extremely proud of my Buckinghamshire roots. And it has been an exciting journey from when I launched Eat to the Beat, over 30 years ago from my Mum and Dad’s garage, to where we are now… a global enterprise.
“I had never considered that I might be standing before you as the founder of a company that is now the proud recipient of two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in International Trade. We really feel that it’s a great achievement and honour!