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Cheshire firm in running for Queen's Award

A Cheshire cable manufacturer is in the running to be awarded the UK’s highest accolade for business success.

Heat Trace, which is based in Helsby, is bidding for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise with the support of Cheshire West and Chester Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership.

The company - which exports to markets around the world - has applied for the award under the Innovation category, which requires firms to demonstrate outstanding or continuous innovation.

Heat Trace manufactures electrical heating cables and systems and employs approximately 45 staff at its Helsby headquarters, which also houses its main manufacturing facility.

Visiting the firm, Council Leader Mike Jones was briefed on latest business developments and the firm’s apprenticeship programme which sees four apprentices currently employed at the Helsby site. He said: “Since relocating to Helsby in 2003 Heat Trace has become a real local success story.

“The firm’s ongoing investment in research and development has resulted in a unique and innovative range of products and systems - many of which have been specifically developed to meet the needs of rail networks around the world.

“Our Economic Development Team has been working with Heat Trace for some time to provide support in key business areas and we are delighted to back their application for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. We wish them the very best of luck.”

Announced on the Queen’s birthday, April 21, the awards are made each year by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on the advice of the Prime Minister.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Simon Malia .

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