Bute Fabrics wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Bute Fabrics has recently expanded its operations in Rothesay to include the manufacture of tartan for upholstery and apparel.
Bute Fabrics has recently expanded its operations in Rothesay to include the manufacture of tartan for upholstery and apparel.

Local company Bute Fabrics has been names as the winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the UK’s highest accolade for business success.

The company, based in Rothesay, received the award for international trade in recognition of increased year-on-year export figures, and their responsible conduct in managing the company’s impact on society and the environment.

Bute Fabrics is one of only ten firms in Scotland which will receive the award this year.

Managing director James MacAdam Sprint said: “We’re delighted and honoured to have been recognised for the growth in our export sales over the last three years.

“Our focus in developing the strategic markets of the USA, Scandinavia and the Benelux countries has resulted in securing the future of all of the mill’s staff.”

The application process for the award began last September and involved the submission of detailed information on the company, its markets and marketing, its commercial performance, its approach to corporate responsibility and authorisation and monitoring.

A panel of judges assessed the company’s application last October, and the firm was advised of its inclusion on the shortlist in November.

Following submission of an audit certificate, the company’s application was forwarded to the Prime Minister’s Office at the end of February for consideration, and finally sent to Buckingham Palace in early March for approval.

Marketing manager Fiona Hardie said, “It’s a condition of the award that there be a strict press embargo on the announcement until April 21, so not even our employees know yet of our success. Everyone in the team has contributed to our increased exports and will be proud of achieving this prestigious award.”

Approximately 160 Queen’s Awards have been announced this year for outstanding business achievement in the fields of international trade, innovation and sustainable development.

Winners of the Queen’s Awards are presented with a crystal bowl by a representative of the Lord-Lieutenant of the County as conferral of their award, and will be invited to attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace on July 14.

The award also means Bute Fabrics can use the Queen’s Award emblem in its advertising, marketing and packaging for the next five years.

Established in 1947 by the fifth Marquess of Bute to provide employment for returning service personnel, Bute Fabrics today provides standard and bespoke fabrics for the auditoria, hospitality, airport and corporate contract markets as well as tartan for upholstery and apparel.