British company Lintbells, maker of high quality natural pet supplements for dogs, cats and horses, has received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. Its supplements are given to over 150,000 dogs in the UK alone, including this year’s Crufts Best in Show. The company also exports to more than 15 countries.
It was the company’s work in developing its YuMOVE brand that has primarily been responsible for the award in the innovation category. It’s the culmination of many years of ‘inspiration and perspiration’.
The company was established in 2006 by John Howie and John Davies, who were determined to find a solution that worked when John Davies’s Chocolate Labrador, Charlie, suffered joint problems and reduced mobility. The product that came out of that initial work was YuMOVE. Soon, Charlie was up on his feet and coping better than ever before.
Before the product came to market there was much more work to be done. Falling back on their backgrounds in science and technology, the duo applied rigorous scientific principles, developing a unique and detailed protocol that has since been used in the development of all Lintbells products.
The two Johns’ passion for YuMOVE and the growing product range has meant that Lintbells has grown rapidly and now employs 45 people near Hitchin in rural Hertfordshire.
John Howie says everyone who works in the company is delighted by the award, “We have a great team of people who love pets and this award means so much to all of us. Being recognised for innovation, an area in which we invest a huge amount of time and effort, is especially welcome because it acknowledges that we are doing everything we can to ensure that our products help keep pets healthy and happy.”
Her Majesty the Queen, who is known for her love of dogs, in particular Corgis and Dorgis (Dachshunds crossed with Corgis), will present Lintbells with the award at a reception at Buckingham Palace.