Kinneir Dufort awarded prestigious Queen’s Award

Kinneir Dufort management team

Kinneir Dufort management team

Bristol-based research, design and innovation specialist Kinneir Dufort has today been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for enterprise, 2015, in the field of international trade.

Kinneir Dufort, which researches, designs and produces new products for major international firms such as BT, Reckitt Benckiser, 3M and GE Healthcare, received the award in recognition of its huge rise in successful exporting in recent years.

Overseas sales for the firm rose 41 per cent in 2012 to £1.6m, and increased again by 95 per cent in 2013.

The firm received official confirmation of its winning status today, 21 April.

The award itself will be presented to representatives of the company at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in July.

Kinneir Dufort was founded in Bristol in 1977 and has since grown to a team of 75, with clients based both in the UK and around the world.

Its work aims to solve challenging technical design problems while creating products that create class-leading user experiences.

Jim Orkney, managing director of Kinneir Dufort said:“We have worked hard over the past decades to build a company that doesn’t just solve technical problems, or make beautiful objects, but brings both together to create items that have a real impact on people’s lives, and in so doing brings significant business advantages for our clients.

“Receiving an award like this is testament to the fact that we have brought a world-leading team together here in Bristol.

“Our brilliant designers and thinkers are leading the way in cross-discipline design for sectors as diverse as life-saving medical devices to food and drink, and in the industrial and business to business field, for clients of all sizes.”

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