Global Infusion Group (GIG), the catering, logistics and brand support specialist, has been presented with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2017.
It is the second time that Buckinghamshire-based GIG has received the UK’s highest accolade for business success in recognition of its outstanding international trade results which have seen the company, formed 33 years ago, expand into a global operation.
The award was presented to Tony Laurenson, the founder and CEO of GIG, by Her Majesty’s representative Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire. Also attending the presentation was Peter Bhupatsingh Kara, The High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire.
Presenting the award, Sir Henry said: “At their initiation, the idea was that awards would provide public recognition for exceptional business success in the field of exports and technology and at a later date awards for environmental achievement were added. They are now known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. They include three categories: for international trade, innovation and sustainable development.”
“The Queen’s Awards differ from personal honours, OBE’s and MBEs for example, in that they are given to an industrial or business unit as a whole and recognise management and employees working as a team benefiting not only the enterprise but also their local community and country by their achievement.”
GIG won its first 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 by almost 50 per cent. As a result, GIG has now been awarded the Queen’s Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth Award.
Receiving the award at the company’s headquarters in Chesham, Laurenson told guests: “As a local lad, I’m extremely proud of my Buckinghamshire roots. And it has been an exciting journey from when I launched ‘Eat to the Beat’, over 30 years ago from my Mum and Dad’s garage, to where we are now… a global enterprise.”
He said Global Infusion Group is the umbrella name of three main trading divisions: production catering Eat to the Beat, corporate hospitality as GIG, brand support and logistics as e2B and he added: “I had never considered that I might be standing before you as the founder of a company that is now the proud recipient of two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in International Trade. We really feel that it’s a great achievement and honour!
“GIG is a ‘People Business’. Our team and family are inspirational, immensely creative and incredibly hard-working — with a reputation for reliability, friendliness and for quality of service. As a team we always go that extra mile to ensure our clients are well looked after and help to create a great ‘home from home’, an ambience backstage or wherever we are working. Our team really are the recipe of our success. They are the reason why so much of our business, year after year, is repeat business — from happy clients who value what we do, and who understand the relationships developed with our people, to new clients being able to feel confident in what we provide through the experience and reputation of our company name and our teams.
“GIG employs around 130 full-time staff world-wide supported by over 3,000 freelance professional specialists to support the hundreds of global events and functions we work on each year. So, this award is first and foremost a tribute to the entire team here at GIG.”
Laurenson also gave a special mention to the wonderful support of two of his co-directors, his wife Bonnie May and Mary Shelley-Smith, who have been with him through most of the company’s journey, along with John Ford who runs e2B and has worked for the business for nine years.