Denby firm wins Queen’s birthday award for innovation

Staff at HL Plastics in Denby will be proud to fly the Queens Award flag in recognition of their companys innovation.
Staff at HL Plastics in Denby will be proud to fly the Queens Award flag in recognition of their companys innovation.

A Denby manufacturer has been named among the winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, the UK’s highest business accolade.

Business minister Greg Clark revealed that HL Plastics has been bestowed the honour to mark the Queen’s 91st birthday on Friday, April 21.

One of the company's revolutionary folding doors.

One of the company's revolutionary folding doors.

The award is recognition of the impact that the company’s Liniar ModLok bi-folding door has had on the window industry.

Chief executive Roger Hartshorn, who started his career on the company’s shop floor, said: “The Queen’s Award is the ultimate tribute for a business – so to win, particularly for innovation, is a massive honour.

“It’s also a fantastic reflection on the exceptional team we have here and the high standards of the products we have created.”

The Liniar ModLok door is part of a range of uPVC windows, doors, conservatories and outdoor products, and is considered a revolutionary design which allows for aluminium models to be replaced by plastic alternatives.

Roger has been invited to attend a reception held by Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace.

The company will be visited during the year by a royal representative to present the physical award of a crystal chalice and scroll.

Formed in 1974, HL Plastics design and manufactures uPVC components at its state-of-the-art factory and mixing plant, and has enjoyed substantial growth in recent years.

Roger said: “Winning this award coincides with the official opening of our impressive new 178,000ft² warehouse and showroom facility, further cementing our commitment to expansion and improvement, as well as being one of the main employers in the region.”

Established in 1965, the Queen’s Awards celebrate small and medium sized businesses and their contribution to sustainable development, international trade and innovation.

This year’s winners included 15 businesses from across the East Midlands, in sectors ranging from civil engineering and global music distribution to LED street lighting and software design.

Mr Clark said: “The Queen’s Awards for enterprise highlights everything that’s great about UK business today.”