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The Lord Lieutenant of County down

The Queen's Award for Enterprise
      The Queen’s Award for Enterprise was won in 2019 in the International Trade category by Shnuggle. The award ceremony was held at their new premises in Bangor on 11th October & was attended by all their staff, directors, investors & others that have assisted them. After the ceremony the Lord Lieutenant was shown around the premises & viewed the warehouse & development & design offices.
      Shnuggle are based in Bangor although most of their manufacturing is done in China. However they now distribute their products for sale in Europe from the warehouse in Bangor. They launched the first hypoallergenic and wickerless Moses baby basket in the autumn of 2009, assembling baskets in their garage and packing orders when their kids had gone to bed. They developed their vision for Shnuggle – to make life easier and safer for growing families. They now have a growing range of innovative products across SleepTime, BathTime and ChangeTime with over 50 consumer, industry and business awards. Tried and tested by parents and recognised for their innovation and design. Last year they sold 1 of the Shnuggle baby baths every 30 seconds!

    
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Adam & Sinead Murphy receive the Queen's Award for Enterprise
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is a very special award. It is not won very often. In 2018, also in the International Trade category, it was won by "SendMyBag" of Bangor & prior to that was last won in 2014 by Hill Engineering Ltd of Newry in the Innovation category.The last Company in County Down before that to win it, was Norbrook Laboratories in 2011. In 2014 there were 162 awards made throughout Britain, but only 39 for Innovation, so any company that wins an award is very special indeed. There were only 4 winners in Northern Ireland in 2014, one in each of the 4 categories of International Trade,Sustainable Development, Enterprise Promotion &, of course, Innovation. The Awards began 49 years ago. The government is committed to supporting small businesses throughout the country to provide an environment that engenders growth & the purpose of the award is, of course to do just that.
    The award was also won in 2018 by Unicorn Ltd. Their address is in County Antrim but the actual factory is on the County Down side of the River Lagan! As a result of the muddle & Unicorn Ltd being extremely busy the presentation of the award was not made until December 2019!
    The Lord Lieutenant attended a presentation ceremony at the factory on the last working day before Christmas & met a good number of the employees & directors. Unicorn Ltd occupy the old Coca Cola site in Lambeg. Unicorn Ltd won the award for International Trade.
    Unicorn Group is a conglomerate which manufactures a wide range of high-quality products including medical and recycling bins, washroom products,vending machines and floor tiles. The company exports to 42 countries worldwide with core markets being the UK, Europe, Middle East, India and South America. The Group has recorded a sales increase of 28% in the last two years.
    

Unicorn Ltd 2018

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Managing director Roger Pannell
Some samples of the industrial floor tiles
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