Second Queen’s Award for Hampshire technology manufacturer
A Hampshire company is celebrating today, 21 April 2016, being one of the select businesses recognised as winners of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade 2016 – the UK’s highest accolade for business success. Moreover, this is the second time that Morgan Innovation & Technology Ltd (Morgan IAT), based in Petersfield, East Hampshire has won the award.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade is awarded for “growth and commercial success in international trade.” Morgan IAT’s turnover grew from £1.8m in 2010 to nearly £5m in 2015. It exports over 90%.
Morgan IAT designs, develops and manufactures new products in both medical and commercial industries. In addition to developing its own ideas, the company offers a unique funding approach for complete ‘idea to manufacture’ service to individuals, companies, universities and hospitals to bring to market products with global potential.
A specialist medical manufacturer, Morgan IAT now has plans to expand its general commercial manufacturing capability, to take advantage of its team’s skills in electronics engineering.
Nigel Clarke, CEO said: “We are looking forward to the boost that we know this award will give to our business. We want to expand to handle more high value, low volume commercial and medical goods.”
Morgan IAT also announces today a new contract starting in April 2016 to finalise, design and manufacture the mOm baby incubator on behalf of inventor, James Roberts, global winner of the 2014 James Dyson award for innovation; and winner of the 2015 JC Gammon award for enterprise and entrepreneurship from the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Other current projects include the Salurate pre-screening test for pre-eclampsia with Southampton Medical School, for which the company won the prestigious Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Innovation Award for Healthcare Technologies in 2015; and an anti-snoring device project with partner, King’s College, London.
MD has used her own product
Sue Clarke, managing director of Morgan IAT, who set up the company with her engineer husband, Howard Clarke in 1987 was recently successfully treated by the company’s own Neurotherm product for a back procedure.
Mrs Clarke said: “It certainly showed my faith in our product, but we are fortunate to have an exceptional team around us. I am delighted to say that nearly 30% of them are women, showing that, at last, women are realising that there are jobs in engineering that are interesting, satisfying, as well as challenging and not out of their reach!”
Kate Bellingham, a British engineer and TV presenter who champions girls and women in engineering said: “With so few women choosing a career in engineering in this country, the UK is missing out on nearly half of the available talent.”
Award-winning apprenticeship scheme
An innovative company through and through, Morgan Innovation & Technology Ltd takes an open, modern approach to staff management and runs a four-day working week. It has an award-winning apprenticeship and graduate scheme, training more than 11 apprentices and graduates over the past three years. It has won a plethora of other awards including The South’s Movers & Shakers Business Achievement Award 2015.