Two Oxfordshire businesses will rub shoulders with royalty after being awarded prestigious Queen’s Awards for enterprise.
Grove-based Williams Advanced Engineering, the business arm of the Formula 1 team, is in pole position after being recognised for its Formula E battery technology.
Abingdon’s business development firm Intralink scooped its award for its ‘outstanding achievements’ in overseas trade, innovation, sustainable development and social mobility.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious business awards, recognising and celebrating business excellence across the country.
Williams has powered all the cars on the Formula E grid since it began in 2014. Now in its fourth season, the championship has benefited from technology developed by the firm, which boasts of a “99.8 per cent reliability record in races from the company’s batteries”.
The current generation of Formula E cars can travel at 140mph and Williams says batteries remain practical in terms of aerodynamics, range, recharging times and safety in research and commercial applications.
Managing director Craig Wilson believes the company is “delivering a world-first that will light the way for future sustainable transport”.
He added: “I pay tribute to our team that has powered Formula E from the beginning at such a high level of innovation, performance, service and reliability.”
Intralink is an international business development consultancy specialising in East Asia.
It helps Western businesses expand in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan and Asian companies to expand in the West.
In recent years the global business, based in Blacklands Way, has supported two local charities, Homeless Oxfordshire and The Abingdon Bridge, which supports the wellbeing of young people.
Greg Sutch, Intralink’s CEO, said his team are “thrilled to have won such a significant accolade”.
He added: “It’s a wonderful recognition of our distinctive approach and the talent and hard work of our employees.
“We’re all immensely proud of this award – and looking forward to telling the Queen more about Intralink later this summer.”
Representatives from both Intralink and Williams have been invited to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace to collect the award this summer.
The Queen said: “The awards are widely recognised as a highly valued mark of excellence, across many sectors, in a diverse and competitive business market.”