Spinlock has been presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation at its production facility on the Isle of Wight.

The Cowes-based business, founded in 1968, was announced as winners of the coveted award in April 2017 and the Isle of Wight’s Lord-Lieutenant Major General Martin White CB CBE JP presented the award at a special ceremony.

Spinlock was selected as winners for the development of their Deckvest lifejacket, a revolutionary product that has changed the landscape of the market for personal safety products used by those on the water.

Spinlock CEO Chris Hill said:

“We are delighted to have been given this prestigious award in recognition of the Deckvest. The impact of the product is far reaching, as the sustained demand for it has enabled us to expand our workforce and we are now exporting to 25 countries.”

The Lord-Lieutenant was welcomed to the production facility, along with High Sheriff Ben Rouse, local councillors Lora Peacey-Wilcox and Paul Fuller, who is also Cowes Town Mayor.

L-R: The Isle of Wight’s Lord-Lieutenant Major General Martin White, Spinlock CEO Chris Hill and Spinlock Operations Director Caroline Senior

The Isle of Wight’s MP Bob Seely sent his congratulations to Spinlock and said:

“I am delighted that an Isle of Wight company has received this prestigious award for business excellence. This is just the sort of company the Island needs to encourage and nurture.

“I congratulate the Spinlock team for leading the way in innovative product development and I look forward to visiting them soon.”

Spinlock staff enjoyed the presentation followed by celebrations held at their production facility in Cowes and a party was held afterwards to thank the whole team for their contribution.

L-R: The Isle of Wight’s Lord-Lieutenant Major General Martin White; Spinlock CEO Chris Hill; Spinlock Operations Director Caroline Senior; Councillor Lora Peacey-Wilcox; High Sheriff Ben Rouse and Cowes Town Mayor Paul Fuller

Caroline Senior, Spinlock’s Director of Operations, commented:

“It is great to be able to share the occasion with the whole team in celebration of our Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation. Our thanks go to the whole team for their continued hard work.”

This is the second Queen’s Award Spinlock have won, having been presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade in 2016 by the Duke of Edinburgh.