2008 Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Posted on April 21, 2008 at 1:30 PM

Bernhard and Company Ltd are proud to have been selected to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Bernhard and Company, the UK mower blade sharpening specialist based in Rugby, proved to be a cut above the competition receiving The 2008 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. Notably it is the only company of its type in the golf and turf amenity sector ever to be awarded this prestigious honour in the 43-year history of this Royal scheme.

Managing Director Stephen Bernhard said:

“We all work hard with one goal in mind – customer satisfaction. Queen’s Awards are not easily achieved and I would like to pay special tribute to the sheer hard work demonstrated by our dedicated workforce. We can feel justifiably proud of our collective efforts. I would also like to thank our associates and customers around the world for their continuing loyalty and support.”

Award success was based on the continuous innovation and development of Bernhard’s highly-regarded Express Dual and Anglemaster sharpening systems. Used by leading golf clubs and sports turf facilities worldwide, this equipment produces surgically sharp blades on cylinder mowers, allowing sports providers to create first-class presentation standards.

Bernhard explained:

“In top sporting competitions the TV camera, media, spectators and players are all focused on the condition of the turf. The team and I are delighted that our sharpening systems play such a vital role in producing the consistently high standards that are required in today’s challenging world of sport.”

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said:

“Queen’s Award winning companies are standard-bearers for the best of British business. They embody the spirit of enterprise and innovation that is so vital to the future of Britain’s economy. Whether large or small, every one of this year’s winning organisations has achieved outstanding success in its field. I congratulate them all on their diverse and remarkable achievements.”

Bernhard’s specialist expertise is much in demand, supporting the preparation of notable golf tournaments around the globe such as: The US Open, Ryder Cup, Open Championship, PGA Championship, together with major tour events.

Fostering the development of individual greenkeeping professionals, by providing educational programmes and seminars, the company also promotes a dynamic industry exchange programme. This allows greenkeepers and superintendents the opportunity to travel to each other’s countries to observe various techniques for creating consistent golf course surfaces.

The evolution and pioneering development of Bernhard’s Express Dual and Anglemaster grinders dates back to the 1800s and the company has a long and well-respected history in the market for manufacturing highly efficient and user-friendly machines. And an on-going dedicated research and development programme, aided by invaluable customer support and feed back, means its machines continue to meet the exacting demands of today’s market.

The Queen's Award for Enterprise consists of a business Award with three separate categories - International Trade, Innovation & Sustainable Development. These are recognised in the UK as the most prestigious accolade for business excellence and are respected as a mark of quality and success by the business community.

Likened by some to a “Corporate Knighthood”, Her Majesty The Queen grants this most prestigious UK Award for business performance. The Award is made on the advice of the Prime Minister who is assisted by an Advisory Committee.

Representatives of the businesses that win are invited to an evening reception given by The Queen at Buckingham Palace. The formal presentation ceremony is conducted at the winners' premises by the Lord-Lieutenant of the County as The Queen's representative.

This is not the first time Bernhard has been recognized for outstanding performance. In 1997 it won the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Exporter of the Year Award for medium-sized business.