Tinware Direct Receives the First Ever King's Award for Enterprise

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The King's Awards for Enterprise for International Trade.

Tinware Direct has been honoured with the first ever King’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth in overseas sales over three years.

Tinware Direct is one of 148 organisations nationally to be recognised with a prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise. Announced today (Friday 21 April), Tinware Direct has been recognised for its excellence in international trade. A total of 149 Awards are made with one company being recognised with two Awards.

Founded in 2001 and based in Wilden, Bedford, Tinware Direct Limited employs 26 people and designs and manufactures a wide range of metal and cardboard products. It produces metal packaging and cardboard tubes available for any size business or budget and can offer custom tins and cardboard tubes in any shape, size, and design. It also offers high quality, ready to fill tins or aluminium boxes and cardboard tube packaging which can be ordered in smaller quantities, perfect for small stock holdings.

Jo Economides, Managing Director for Tinware Direct said “It is a truly momentous achievement for everyone within the Tinware Direct family. We couldn’t have achieved this award without everyone’s hard work and contributions, and I couldn’t wish to work with a better team. The award means so much to us all and will help with our ongoing vision and goals as a company.”

Tinware Direct is committed to sustainable development and has recently committed to the UN led SME Climate Commitment to become a net zero business and the company also supports several environmental projects that increase biodiversity and climate regulation. The company ethos is to only develop packaging that can be recycled or refilled and reused. In the local community, Tinware Direct has supported numerous good causes, more recently providing meals for foodbanks and homeless shelters, whilst during the pandemic it provided free packaging that could be used by staff in hospitals to hold hand sanitisers and hand creams. Many employees also raise money for charities with the company matching donations.

The company continues to invest in the local area and is currently expanding its warehouse facilities to meet growth levels internationally. Over the past three years it has achieved overseas growth of 180% and these sales now account for 27.9% of the overall business.

The King’s Awards for Enterprise was previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, and the new name reflects His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s by recognising outstanding UK businesses. The Award programme, now in its 57th year, is the most prestigious business award in the country, with successful businesses able to use the esteemed King’s Awards Emblem for the next five years.

Applications for King’s Awards for Enterprise 2024 open on His Majesty The King’s Coronation, 6th May 2023 For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/kings-awards-for-enterprise.

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