The King’s Awards for Enterprise is the most prestigious award for UK businesses, recognising and rewarding their outstanding achievements in the fields of Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity. Previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, it was renamed to The King’s Awards for Enterprise last year to reflect HM The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II, by recognising outstanding UK businesses. In Devon, four companies have been announced winners of the award in 2024.



PHOTO: Millbrook Dairy Company Ltd



Millbrook Dairy Company Ltd have won their award in the International Trade category, after David Evans and Kevin Beer started the company in 2018. They specialise in procuring and selling bulk and packaged cheese and butter across international markets, with its main source of dairy products stemming from the UK and Ireland. The company’s overseas sales have grown over three years by 109%, now operating across Europe, The Middle East, North America, and Asia-Pacific. The company is located in Bideford, North Devon.




PHOTO: Luminous Show Technology Limited



Luminous Show Technology Limited have won their award in the International Trade category. Leading the Luminous team are founders Mike Badley and Edwin Samkin, who are both qualified engineers. Mike has worked in high-end special effects since 1999, working extensively in movie production and large scale live performance, and Edwin has worked with explosives and special effects systems within the entertainment industry since 1996, playing a key part in some of the largest global events. Although the company is based in Exeter, Devon, their engineering has been used in productions all over the world.




PHOTO: Vispring Limited



Vispring have won their award in the International Trade category. The company was founded in 1901 and employ 200 people, crafting the world’s finest luxury beds, handcrafted in the UK using the highest quality, local materials. At the heart of Vispring lies a deep-rooted commitment to the British farming industry, ensuring that their products are crafted close to home, in their dedicated factory located in Plymouth, Devon. They were previously awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2012.




PHOTO: Sir Fix-a-Lock Ltd



Sir Fix-a-Lock Ltd have won their award in the Sustainable Development category. Paul started the business in March 2011 whilst still serving in the Army, having completed a locksmith course as part of his resettlement package. As an eco friendly company based in Plymouth, Devon, they ensure all rubbish and old parts are fully recycled, and all metal parts are separated and sold for cash. Every penny from the recycled parts will also go to a local charity.



Companies are eligible to apply for the award until 12th September 2024, to be considered for a place as a King’s Award for Enterprise winner in 2025. The award is then valid for five years. For further details, please watch the below video from HM Lord Lieutenant of Devon, who presented Axminster Tools with their award in March 2024.