The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is the most prestigious awards for UK business, designed to recognise and encourage outstanding achievements in the fields of Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity. The Queen’s Awards scheme was instituted by Royal Warrant in 1965 and the first Awards were made in 1966. This year, 201 UK businesses have been recognised for their contribution to international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting opportunity.
There are four categories:
- International Trade
- Sustainable Development
- Promoting Opportunity
The International Trade category is dedicated to companies that have demonstrated that their business has achieved substantial growth in overseas earnings and commercial success through either outstanding achievement over 3 years or continuous achievement over 6 years. Veolia Nuclear Solutions UK wins this award this year after securing new contracts and overseas sales have grown by 469% and the percentage exported has also risen from 27% to 84% within the last three years.
Veolia Nuclear Soltuions UK is now working on two major overseas projects. The company has supporting ITER Fusion project, currently being built in France with remote handling expertise for a number of years. The complex and international nature of this and many of the projects in which the company has been involved has created an organisation that is truly international in its outlook. More recently, the company has started working in close collaboration with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan on the design and construction of a unique, remotely controlled, boom-type robotic arm system to investigate the nature and location of nuclear fuel debris in the Unit 2 Reactor at the disabled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The proposed solution, combining knowledge and experience gained through its work in the nuclear fusion sector and demanding environments in the UK at Dounreay and Sellafield, is being delivered in four phases: outline design, detailed design, manufacture and finally assembly and test. Similar technology approaches are being developed to look at sampling and ultimate retrieval of fuel debris from what is seen as the most challenging decommissioning project in the world.
Since technology and science at this level cross national boundaries, the geographic location of projects and the multinational nature of customers and working teams is no barrier to our participation, as is amply demonstrated by the fact that, in addition to work in the UK, France and Japan, we have relationships with organisations located in Belgium, Canada, Spain, Italy, Finland, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Sales Director Mark Sharpe, commented,
“We are very proud to have received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise this year, it recognises the hard work, skill and dedication of every single person in the VNS team, without whose efforts we would not have been able to achieve this outstanding success.”