A Corsham company has won the Queen’s Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth, it was announced today (Friday). Glentham Life Sciences Ltd is the only Wiltshire firm recognised in the 51st Queen’s Award for Enterprise list.
The company sources and supplies fine chemicals, biochemical and raw materials for use in research, development, production and laboratory applications.
It was founded in Wimbledon by co-directors Sam White and Nick Zieleniewski in 2013 and within one year, ISO 9001 accreditation was secured.
Having outgrown the original premises, the company moved to Corsham, Wiltshire, in 2015, and employed two members of staff to support the growing customer base and help with company growth.
New customers are sourced mostly through the company’s English, German and French language website, which is linked to international scientific sourcing databases and search engines.
Ninety-five percent of sales are overseas, and are direct or through distributors in Australia and South Korea.
The company has doubled export sales and grown profits by more than 80 percent in three years. Sam and Nick went to Gillingham School together before going their separate ways for university.
After graduating and working for a small company, Sam and Nick decided to set up their own business, using only personal savings and a small loan from the Start-Up Loans company.
Nick, 29, who has a Masters in physics, coded the company’s IT systems from scratch, and Sam, 28, who has a BSc in Biology, coded the website design from scratch. Sam is also passionate about languages, and speaks French and German.
Sam said: "We are honoured to have won this prestigious award. This is an important achievement for our company, which has grown rapidly thanks to the hard work of our team." Nick and Sam will be attending a reception at Buckingham Palace in July. They’ll also be allowed to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years.
Announcing the 167 UK-wide winners, business secretary Greg Clark said: “The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise highlights everything that’s great about UK business today,” said Mr Clark.
“We have some of the best entrepreneurs and innovative minds in the world who are at the heart of small start-ups providing excellent customer service to larger businesses developing global solutions.
“Over one million new businesses have been created since 2010, all playing a vital role in creating jobs and driving growth across the UK.
“I’m extremely proud to see such a wealth of businesses being recognised today. Through our Industrial Strategy we will be building on the successes of these award winning businesses, helping to build a stronger, more outward looking and prosperous global Britain.”