Queen's Awards

Bedfordshire winners of the Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2019

QAfEHM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, has praised two Bedfordshire-based companies who were among the winners in the 2019 Queen's Awards for Enterprise, the UK’s most prestigious business awards, announced on HM The Queen’s Birthday.

Luton based business, Element 1 Engineering Limited (trading as Eventuri), and Bedford based business, Verifile Limited, were both recognised in the International Trade category.

On receiving news of the awards, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis, said: "My sincere congratulations to the companies in Bedfordshire who have received this most prestigious award. They represent some of the great businesses which are thriving in our county and have demonstrated outstanding success in their fields".

International Trade Award recipients are defined as having demonstrated that their business has achieved substantial growth in overseas earnings and in commercial success (for their business size and sector) through either outstanding achievement over 3 years or continuous achievement over 6 years.

The winners were:

Element 1 Engineering - trading under the brand name Eventuri, the company designs, engineers and manufactures bespoke car intake systems to replace the standard airbox setup from factory. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Luton. Eventuri's market focus is on the high-performance car sector such as the M power range from BMW and the RS range from Audi. The Queen's Award for International Trade was awarded for Outstanding Short-Term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years.

Verifile Limited (link opens in new window) - founded in Bedford in 2004, Verifile Limited provides international background verification services to domestic background checkers around the world that do not have the in-house capability to do this. The Queen's Award for International Trade was awarded to Verifile Limited for Outstanding Continuous Growth in overseas sales over the last six years.