Royal recognition for The Art File
Nottingham-based publishers ‘thrilled’ to earn Queen’s Award for International Trade
TRADING with more than 30 countries around the world has earned The Art File the prestigious Queen’s Award for International Trade.
The honour was revealed this morning, Friday, April 21 – Her Majesty’s 91st birthday – by the Nottingham-based publishers of contemporary greeting cards, giftwrap, bags and stationery, with MD Ged Mace saying: “We’re absolutely delighted.”
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious business awards to celebrate and encourage business excellence in the UK, and the Art File’s application was spearheaded by Ged, who is the current President of the Greeting Card Association, with his son and sales coordinator James.
To win the 2017 honour, The Art File have demonstrated outstanding results in international trade, successfully exporting British-made products to design-inspired retailers in over 30 countries.With more than 1,700 entries from businesses from many different industries across the UK, an in-depth and meticulous vetting process was carried out by the Queen’s Awards Board.
Applications which show excellence are then passed to a board of independent assessors, who pick finalists to be approved by The Queen herself, and the winners will be invited to Buckingham Palace for an awards ceremony hosted by Her Majesty later in the year.
Ged said: “Naturally, we’re absolutely thrilled with the news. As a company we’ve always recognised the opportunity to export our award-winning products to as many overseas territories as possible.
“With all of our products being designed here in the UK, it’s also a fantastic feeling to be showcasing the exceptional quality and creative talents of British designers to the world.”
James added: “Even with the additional challenges due to recent events in the UK such as Brexit, this shows that British products are still attractive to export markets.”
The honour means The Art File can proudly display the Queen’s Award emblem on their unique and contemporary products, giving added kudos and weight to the brand, both domestically and overseas.