Boxclever Press and Rex London have received the highest official UK award for British businesses, awarded by Her Majesty The Queen following the recommendation of the Prime Minister. Both brands received their award in the International Trade category.
Boxclever Press founder Sarah Sadler said that the award is a huge honour as the accolade is normally won by much larger businesses. They punched above their weight among the thousands of other entries by growing their overseas sales by 605% in three years.
Sadler commented: “Learning how to sell our products in different languages and work with customers overseas has been amazing fun and overcoming the hurdles and difficulties that red tape and the rigours of import/export has been a real challenge for us.”
Rex London received its Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade for six years’ outstanding continuous growth in overseas sales, which have risen 250% since 2012. Rex London began on a market stall in 1981 on London’s Portobello Road, and has since then been creating original gifts, stationery and accessories for the home. All products are exclusively designed or chosen by the in-house creative team. The company is based in West London, employs more than 70 people and offers over 2,500 products.
The company is a major international wholesaler, exporting to more than 70 countries, where customers can buy Rex London products in small independent shops, galleries, museums and large department stores. Plans are afoot to expand further in Europe, and distribution arrangements are being set up in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
The two successful companies have been invited to Buckingham Palace in June to meet HRH The Prince of Wales.