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Evans Vanodine has announced it has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for a second time.

The awards recognise outstanding achievements by UK companies in four categories: International Trade, Innovation, Sustainable Development, and Promoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility. They are announced annually by HM The Queen, on her birthday in April. Evans receives its Queen’s Award, once again, in the category of International Trade, for outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales over the last three years.

Managing Director, Peter Evans, said: “I am very pleased that the company has been honoured for a second time with a Queen’s Award for export achievement and would especially like to thank all our hard-working staff who helped to make this award possible”.

This latest growth in exporting was due to a mass outbreak of African Swine fever in China, the largest livestock industry in the world. Evans was able to ship its products to the source of the outbreak first and then maintain a presence as the provider of the leading and most effective disinfectant against the virus. ‘Biocid 30’ (known more commonly in Europe as FAM 30) is now the world’s best-selling Iodine disinfectant and is used across South-East Asia, Southern Africa, and Eastern Europe, as the leading disinfectant of its type.

Evans backed up this support with ‘disinfectant roadshows’, to maintain customer awareness right across all markets and help the industry stop the spread of the disease with its biosecurity programmes. This science is now also helping Evans in the fight against COVID-19.

Evans Vanodine has been developing new markets around the world since it secured its first export order in the 1930s, shipping disinfectant to the United States. Evans now has four licenced factories overseas, manufacturing its products in markets which otherwise would be difficult to export to from the UK. Evans is currently selling in 87 countries worldwide. Since its last win in 2015, Evans Vanodine has become an Export Champion in the North West and has taken part in a government trade mission, as part of the UK’s Northern Powerhouse initiative.

Evans Vanodine has enjoyed many successes over the past 100 years, developing products for the US Air Force, helping solve two foot and mouth crises, keeping British athletes clean and hygienic in the 1968 Olympics and even protecting the public from moon landing dust in 1969.

Today, its products cover an extensive range of applications, helping kill pathogenic diseases in hospitals, and aiding safe and hygienic environments on farms where food is produced, to the restaurants where it is served. The business also helps to ensure schools are germ-free and that children know the importance of hand-washing.

International Division Manager, Peter Thompson, added: “Animal health disease outbreaks in China and East Asia pushed us to our limits over the past couple of years. We were provided with a huge challenge, but it was a challenge to which we all rose up and met in full. This dedication has been instrumental in our 2020 award win and I have complete admiration for all Evans Vanodine departments, in the way we all pulled together. It is rare that a company can gain two Queen’s Awards, one after the other, and I would like to say to us all – ‘very well done indeed!’”

The Queen’s Awards are commemorated with a special presentation made to each company by one of the Queen’s representatives, a Lord-Lieutenant. Each winning business is also invited to attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace.

Related campaign:

PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards, in association with HSBC, seeks to recognise the most entrepreneurial exporters from across the Northern Powerhouse.

For more info visit www.northernexportawards.co.uk.

Neina Sheldon
Article by Neina Sheldon
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