Global Infusion Group (GIG) has secured its second Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2017. As the UK’s highest accolade for business success it recognises its outstanding international trade results which have seen the company, formed 33 years ago, expand into a global operation.
GIG first won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2014 for international performance. Since then, it has grown overseas sales from events catering, food & beverage project management and brand support from £5.8million in 2013 to £8.56million in the year to December 2015; a 48% uplift in two years.
As a result, GIG has now been awarded the Queen’s Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth Award.
Tony Laurenson, CEO and founder of GIG, said: “This is another tremendous honour which recognises the fantastic efforts of all of our loyal and hard-working staff who have helped us to grow our client portfolio across the globe. It was amazing to win our first Queen’s award in 2014 and it inspired us to drive forward and build on that success rather than rest on our laurels. We have seen the business achieve remarkable overseas growth in recent years with international projects such as the European Games in Baku, corporate event catering alongside major agencies such as George P Johnson and Jack Morton now accounting for half of our overall turnover.”
As well as growing operations in The Americas and the Middle East, GIG commenced trading in China in 2010 and last year worked in seven other Asian countries and over 50 cities across China.
GIG has also won a host of awards over the years in recognition of the quality of its food, the excellent service provided by its staff and overall performance of the business.
Tony Laurenson and Mary Shelley-Smith will attend a special reception for The Queen’s Award winners at Buckingham Palace later this year. The awards were inaugurated in 1966 as The Queen’s Award to Industry but have evolved into The Queen’s Award for Enterprise and divided into Innovation, Sustainable Development and International Trade categories.