Following the official royal ceremony at Buckingham Palace in July, in September founder and managing director of Symply, Eddie Milbourne, was presented with the official award by Alexander Boswell, Her Majesty’s Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire.
The award recognises Symply’s international growth, commercial success and its contribution to the UK’s economy through its pet care products.
The ceremony saw local councillors, staff and local MPs celebrate the award, which is the UK’s most prestigious honour for British companies.
Eddie Milbourne said of the presentation, “I am absolutely delighted to celebrate this award with the local community, for whom I am eternally grateful for their support over the years. Many of my team are based in surrounding areas and have all played a huge part in helping achieve our success,”
Following his thirty year career in the pet food industry, Eddie set up Symply in 2009 in the very warehouse where the ceremony was held today. After nine years, the business now exports to 35 countries and turns over £21.5 million despite just having 20 permanent employees.
Eddie added: “I have done many amazing things in my career, but this is without a doubt the highlight thus far. I want to thank in particular the hard work of my team, support of my family and HRH’s team in choosing Symply as the rightful winner of this award.”
James Milbourne, Eddie’s son who works alongside his father in running the company, said: “We are incredibly proud to receive this award for our achievements in overseas markets, which is testament to the dedication, hard work and collective focus of our team, distributors and suppliers.”
“After years of consistent and increased focus to leverage growth internationally, it is hugely satisfying to have our efforts recognised and certainly motivates us to continue our strategy to offer high quality pet food to consumers all over the world.”
Symply is building up a strong following amongst pet owners globally, with a loyal customer base in European and Asian markets.