The Duke of Gloucester was at Harvard Engineering in Wakefield on Thursday 18th September to present the company with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, within the International Trade category.
Harvard Engineering is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of energy saving lighting solutions and their receiving of the Queen’s Award was based upon the fact that they recently experienced a period of significant worldwide growth.
The Duke of Gloucester was on hand to present the award to the company at their premises in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Upon his arrival to the site, Prince Richard received a tour of the state of the art factory after which he presented the prestigious award in front of members of the Harvard team.
Managing Director at Harvard Engineering, John McDonnell commented on the Duke’s visit, “It was great to welcome The Duke of Gloucester to Wakefield and to have him present us with our Queen’s Award. We work extremely hard to stay at the forefront of the lighting market, and it is great to receive recognition through awards like this.”
As a consequence of its recent worldwide growth, Harvard Engineering now has sales representation in place in the Americas, France, Germany, Austria and Italy, amongst other places whilst also having established distribution partnerships in Australia, the Middle East and the Czech Republic.
Anyone who thinks that this is Harvard’s first Queen’s Award would have to think again, this is the company’s second Queen’s Award in the last three years. Harvard was previously awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise within the Innovation category back in 2011.
The Duke of Gloucester is the youngest grandchild of King George V and Queen Mary and regularly carries out Royal engagements on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.