Birmingham-based fabricator Shelforce has been recognised with the King’s Award for Enterprise.

Shelforce employs 30 people, of which 75% have a disability, and provides a place where people with mental or physical disability can thrive in employment.

The award also comes nearly 40 years after The Princess Royal, HRH Princess Anne officially opening its current factory in 1984.

Business Manager Howard Trotter, who will represent the company at a royal reception hosted by His Majesty The King at Buckingham Palace, said: “It is an unbelievable honour to receive the King’s Award for Enterprise in the Promoting Opportunity category.

“To be recognised by the highest honour in UK business, renowned across the world is an incredibly proud moment for Shelforce and we are even more honoured that we have been recognised in the first ever King’s Award for Enterprise and in the year of the King’s coronation.

“Promoting opportunity is the reason behind Shelforce’s continued success and this is fantastic recognition for our incredible team and the processes we have in place. It’s also fantastic news for the local community of Erdington.”

The PVCu and aluminium fabricator featured on ITV’s Made In Britain in 2021 and in the same year won the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) Business of the Year.

Howard continued: “The last few years has led to some wonderful recognition of the business through numerous business awards, but it doesn’t come any bigger than being awarded the King’s Award for Enterprise.
“To be able to fly the King’s Awards flag and use the emblem is amazing and we are hoping it will help open the door to other councils, whose social values and sense of social responsibility line up with our own.”

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