Firm’s sitting pretty with Queen’s Award - The Evesham Observer

Firm’s sitting pretty with Queen’s Award

Rob George 27th Apr, 2019   0

A PERSHORE business has been honoured for nearly three decades of innovation and designs for more than 95 car seats with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2019 for international trade.

Staff at JMDA Design in Hill Furze have been handed the honour in recognition for their outstanding contribution to child car seat safety globally and is one of only 201 organisations nationally to be recognised for excellence with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise this year.

Company chiefs said winning the Queen’s Award for International Trade 2019 was the pinnacle of the last 28 years of innovative product design, which has seen more than 95 car seats designed by JMDA to date.

Building a reputation for designing children’s car safety seats, which strive to increase safety and reduce serious injury in road traffic accidents, has enabled JMDA to become a global leader in the Child Restraint System (CRS) industry.

The businesses has seen a surge in demand over the last three years and the award-winning firm also has bases in Shanghai, China and Badia Polesine in Italy.

Derrick Barker, creative and managing Director at JMDA Design said: “We were all overwhelmed when the news of our Queen’s Award was announced! Our journey started in 1991 when I began the business with my wife Cherril Barker, who is the marketing and finance director at JMDA.

“Of course, the landscape of child car seat design was very different back then, but our commitment to child safety has never changed and we’re delighted to now be designing our 95th child car seat.”

“It really is a team effort at JMDA and winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2019 for International Trade makes me extremely proud of everything we’ve achieved over the years. Our dedication to the industry is now even stronger than ever,” he added.

Now in its 53rd year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses, recognising and rewarding their outstanding achievements in the fields of Innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility.

Representatives from JMDA will attend a royal reception for the Queen’s Award winners in the summer, plus the Lord-Lieutenant of the county will visit JMDA’s HQ in Worcestershire and confer the award by a Grant of

Appointment which will be symbolised by the presentation of an impressive commemorative trophy.

Applications for Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2020 open on Wednesday (May 1).

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