Success with a royal connection

The Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Sir Paul Nicholson, with executive chairman of Pearson Harper, Steve Pearson. On the computer tablet live weblink are two of the team in Australia, Brendon Wesley (left) and Paul Sergeant
The Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Sir Paul Nicholson, with executive chairman of Pearson Harper, Steve Pearson. On the computer tablet live weblink are two of the team in Australia, Brendon Wesley (left) and Paul Sergeant

A BILLINGHAM firm has received an honour which comes with royal approval – and its staff around the world got to watch it all live.

Workers at both the UK and Australian offices of Pearson-Harper looked on in approval as the company received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade from the Lord Lieutenant for County Durham, Sir Paul Nicholson.

Pearson-Harper is one of the world’s leading specialists in engineering information management.

The company picked up the award after it more than doubled its workforce over the past two years thanks to a growth in its exports.

It also set up a satellite office in Perth, Western Australia, in 2010.

The celebration event, at the company’s head office in Billingham, included the link-up.

As members of the team Down Under looked in, the Lord Lieutenant read the Queen’s citation and presented the crystal bowl to executive chairman, Steve Pearson, a founder of the company.

Sir Paul said: “Of the many duties I perform as Lord Lieutenant the presentation of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is one I particularly enjoy.

“I know the scale of achievement these awards represent. They are hard won. The vision, commitment and sheer hard work required by both employers and employees is immense.

“In the short time I have known of Pearson-Harper, I have been impressed by the abundance of these qualities in the business, to bring to the world what truly appears a revolution in engineering information management.

Alex Hayward, managing director at Pearson-Harper, said: “This is a very special day. I am delighted our staff on both sides of the world are able to celebrate together.

“The Queen’s Award means so much to everyone at Pearson-Harper, especially in this the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.”

Steve Pearson said: “This business is unique and, at present, we are just scratching the surface as the scope for growth is vast. Our export strategy is built on a major shift at many multinationals as they intensify their focus on their cost base.”

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise recognises outstanding UK companies across international trade, innovation and sustainable development.

The awards are the UK’s highest business success accolade and the award for international trade is awarded to companies achieving substantial growth in overseas earnings and commercial success.