Malcolm Roberts, Director, receives Queens Award from Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire

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Recruitment and staffing company Protec Technical Ltd (Protec) has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise - the UK’s highest accolade for business success.

The Fareham (Hampshire) based firm, which supplies technical skilled staff to aerospace, defence,engineering and construction industries worldwide, has received the Award in the International Trade category, in recognition of having achieved increased year-on-year export figures, by placing contractor staff abroad in jobs like aircraft maintenance.

“We are delighted to be a recipient of this prestigious award,” said Martyn Smith (left), Protec’s Director of Aircraft Maintenance. “As a small, local firm with only 15 staff, we are extremely proud that we are able to help skilled people, (mostly British), earn money from working in mainland Europe and worldwide destinations, like Africa the Middle East and China.” The company has even placed staff in Mongolia, where the annual average temperature is zero degrees.

“Protec’s people believe very strongly in the work that we do, and knowing that we not only make a difference to people’s lives, but also help to boost the UK economy, is very humbling.”

In addition to its overseas placements, Protec also provides permanent technical skilled staff and contractors to the mainstream UK market in aerospace, defence, engineering and construction industries.

Protec will be receiving the award from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire at a local event to be held in the summer. Representatives of the company will also attend an official reception at Buckingham Palace in July.

To qualify for the Award, Protec was required to meet a number of criteria including achieving substantial growth in overseas earnings, sustained over three years or more; as well as continuous growth in overseas earnings, sustained over six years or more.

Protec was established in 2003 and will be celebrating their 10 th anniversary this year. “Earning this award in a landmark year for our business is very significant for us,” said Protec’s Managing Director, Mark Bishop, “It proves that we are on the right track in terms of our business growth strategy and customer focus.”

The company also qualified for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme, which is a worldwide investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing them with greater access to education, financial capital, and business support services. Protec’s participation is through part-time activities delivered by University College, London.

“We really appreciate having our efforts recognised by the Queen’s Award” said Mark “and we put this down to the hard work and determination of our team. We are very grateful to our customers and our staff for making Protec successful both in UK and internationally.”

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