The Hut Group among Queen’s Award winners
The Hut Group, Pentland Brands, Celtic and Co, and Chidrensalon, were
among the fashion firms awarded with the 2018 Queen’s Award for
Established in 1965 by Royal Warrant, The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise,
are awarded annually and aim to encourage the development of British
business both domestically and internationally.
Online retail group, The Hut Group, which has seen its international
sales grow by 89 percent since 2016, was awarded within the International
Trade category, due to its overseas revenue growth and expansion, as it now
ships to 195 destinations worldwide, selling products through its 166 sites
in 35 languages.
Matthew Moulding, founder and chief executive of The Hut Group, said in
a statement: “We are delighted to be recognised as part of The Queen’s
Awards for Enterprise, which celebrates the wealth of business talent that
the UK has to offer.
“Receiving the prestigious International Trade award is testament to the
ambition, innovation and dedication of our people in developing The Hut
Group into an internationally renowned, British business.”
Also recognised in the International Trade category was sheepskin
footwear brand Celtic and Co, maternity occasionwear brand Tiffany Rose,
Pentland Brands, which owns brands including Speedo and Ellesse, luxury
designer kidswear retailer Childrensalon, sportswear labels SBD Apparel and
Zone3, and lifestyle gifting brand Wild and Wolf, which partners with
fashion names including Ted Baker and Orla Kiely.
On winning the Queen’s Award, Wild and Wolf chief executive, Paul Taylor
said in a statement: “It is a great honour to have been awarded the
prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade. We’ve
experienced tremendous growth in our international trade, particularly in
the last 3 years.
“Once a predominantly UK driven business, by the end of 2018 two-thirds
of our business will be outside of the UK, with the USA being our single
biggest market. We hope that winning this award will further drive
prosperous international growth in markets such as Asia and in the EU. This
coveted award is testament to the fantastic team we have here at Wild and
Wolf, and we’re proud of our contribution in raising the global profile of
great British design.”