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News Archive > General > Newquay firm scoops major business award

Newquay firm scoops major business award

By Beth Perry 1st August 2018

Newquay firm scoops major business award
Photo: Beth Perry

A NEWQUAY business has hosted a royal reception for the Queen’s representative in Cornwall after being chosen for a prestigious award.

Celtic & Co, on Treloggan Industrial Estate was visited by The Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho, on Wednesday.

The company began life in 1990 in Newquay town centre with just Nick and Kath Whitworth working as a two-person team but over the past 28 years it has grown and expanded and now employs more than 40 people and sells products across the globe.

It is this global achievement which has secured the Celtic & Co team one of the most prestigious business awards, known as the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, which is given to UK businesses for outstanding achievement for innovation, sustainable development, promoting opportunity or, in the case of Celtic & Co, international trade.

Kath explained: “Currently our business model is to run all overseas operations from our UK-based head office here in Newquay. We utilise the knowledge and experience of our logistics partners to ensure that we are exporting goods in the most efficient and cost-effective way for our customers and the business.

“By operating in this way we are keeping employment opportunity and supplier partnerships in the UK – supporting our local economy.

“The manufacturing part of the business definitely has its heart in Cornwall and that’s where our boots and slippers will always be made.”

Being chosen for the award saw  Nick and Kath invited to attend a Royal reception at the Palace, and then last week the company’s Newquay factory was visited by the Queen’s representative in Cornwall, Lord Lieutenant Colonel Bolitho.

Colonel Bolitho was accompanied by Cllr Mary May, chairman of Cornwall Council, and together they were given a full tour of the factory by Nick.

The visitors were introduced to staff members, many of whom they had a lively discussion with, shown how each product is handcrafted and inspected by workers and also given a glimpse into how the company ships its products to 80 countries worldwide.

After the tour, all of the employees gathered in the sewing department where Cllr May read from the official scroll, signed by Her Majesty The Queen, and Colonel Bolitho presented the Whitworths with the award and a commemorative crystal bowl.

The visit was then brought to a close with celebratory drinks, pasties and a cream tea.
Nick said: “All of us here at Celtic & Co are so immensely proud of this achievement and I thank everybody involved in this team effort.

“Receiving this Queen’s Award has to be one of our most memorable experiences since we started so long ago back in 1990.

“To receive one of the most prestigious business awards in Great Britain could only be achieved, not just by all of us here at Celtic & Co, but also because of all the contributions from our suppliers and, of course, all of our customers.

By Beth Perry 1st August 2018

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