A GROWING Port Talbot business has won the Queen’s Award for International Trade.
Staff from Energy and Power work around the world helping to design, install and maintain key installations for high-tech energy industries.
Their specialist work as independent technical management experts for the energy, utilities and capital industries markets has taken them from their Baglan base to unfamiliar environments such as Congo and Iraq.
Managing director David Ryan said: “We’re thrilled to have secured the Queen’s Award for our export record. It’s great recognition for the expertise of our personnel and all their hard work.
“We plan to expand our workforce in Port Talbot, so the award comes at a really opportune time.
“We are convinced that the skill, adaptability and breadth of vision of Energy and Power and its staff will continue to benefit the company itself, its clients and the communities within which it works.
“Those same attributes can cement the position of UK companies as leaders in energy innovation worldwide.”
The head office of Energy and Power is based at Baglan Energy Park. They have a sister office in London, and are now recruiting senior process consultants, senior process engineers, senior electrical engineers and senior C&I engineers and project technical assistants.
Formed in 2000, the group now has a turnover of over £6 million, and employs 71 staff.
The Queen’s Award saw the company receive a crystal bowl and an invitation to a Buckingham Palace reception hosted by the Queen.
It is public acknowledgement of outstanding achievement in areas such as international trade (exporting), innovation (technology) ands sustainable development (environment).
Energy and Power first won a Queen’s Award in 2004.
Assembly Business Minister Edwina Hart said: “My congratulations to Energy and Power on achieving the Queen’s Award for International Trade.
“Innovation and enterprise are a backbone of the Welsh economy, and it is great to see the export achievements of a Welsh company recognised in this way.”
Hywel Francis, MP for Aberavon, said: “I’ve been hugely impressed by Energy and Power since they arrived in this area in 2007 – they’re a dynamic company with wonderful specialist knowledge and skills.
“The Queen’s Award confirms that they’re fabulous ambassadors for South Wales. I congratulate them.
“Their efforts highlight the importance of business excellence to the UK. and how the private sector should be seen as a key driver in battling against tough economic times.”