Stephen Rubin, the Chairman of Pentland Group, has received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2013 (International Trade category) from the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, Colonel Alan Jolley, at the Group’s Shipping & Distribution Centre in Blackburn.
In the three years to December 2012, Pentland’s overseas sales rose by almost 40% and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise is in recognition of that growth.
Pentland has strong links with the North West. The business began in Liverpool in 1932 when its founders, Berko & Minnie Rubin, started the Liverpool Shoe Company selling fashion shoes to UK retailers.
Pentland employs 2,000 people in 20 locations around the world. The heart of its operations, however, remains in Lancashire with its global distribution and shipping divisions based in Blackburn
This is the fifth Queen’s Award for Enterprise that has been conferred on the Pentland Group, previous winners having been Pentland-owned brands Speedo, in 1997 for Export Achievement and Berghaus, in 2006 for Innovation and Boxfresh for International Trade, in 2012.
Speaking at the presentation, Pentland Chairman, Stephen Rubin, said;
“We’ve come a long way since our modest beginnings in 1932, but it seems very fitting that we are here in Blackburn, in the county where it all began a little over 80 years ago, for this important occasion.”
“We trade in over 190 countries outside the UK and the cornerstones of our success are the mature and lasting relationships that we have developed, often over many years, with our partners in those countries. Our growth overseas, in a highly competitive market and in recent challenging economic conditions, bears witness to the success of this approach.”
Also in attendance were the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackburn, Councillor Salim Mulla and his wife, Mrs Sayeeda Mulla.