Royal approval for Science Park firms

Simon Rothwell, MD of Roftek, pictured with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.

The University of Warwick Science Park’s reputation as home of innovation has been cemented by the success of three tenants in this year’s Queen’s Awards.

The hat-trick of winners were announced on the Queen’s official birthday and include MCP, based at the Blythe Valley Innovation Centre, and JMB Partnership, at the Enterprise Centre in Wellesbourne, in the international trade category.

The Training Foundation, based at the University of Warwick Science Park on the university’s main campus, were honoured in the innovation section.

Meanwhile, Roftek – a company that was given support by the Science Park’s Ignite programme in the creation of flexible mortuaries – also picked up a Queen’s Award in the innovation category.

Peter Gagg, managing director of MCP, which provides asset management consulting and training services, said: “We’re honoured to have been recognised for our contribution to International Trade. For the next five years, we can display the emblem with pride and to further our success in the UK and overseas.”

James Blakemore, managing director of JMB Partnership, said: “We are delighted to have been honoured in this way and thank everyone at the University of Warwick Science Park for their support down the years.”

Nick Mitchell, CEO of The Training Foundation, said: “This is the second time we have won a Queen’s Award and we feel that’s a very special achievement.”

Roftek Managing director Simon Rothwell said: “This award has come as a huge boost to me and all the staff who have worked tremendously hard to ensure our ground-breaking products are in demand around the world. I couldn’t have wished for more, given that the company has only been going for a few years.”

MP Richard Graham added: “This is a great example of a company that sprang up almost by accident through some innovative thinking by an individual, Simon Rothwell, backed by the experience of Warwick University Science Park’s incubator approach to business ideas, the Ignite programme.”

David Grindrod of the University of Warwick Science Park, said: “This is a great testament to the companies themselves as the Queen’s Award is one of the most prestigious prizes in industry.

“The University of Warwick Science Park prides itself on being a hive for innovative, forward-thinking companies and to have three winners from across our different centres is great news.”