For the second time, the Queen has given us the UK’s highest official award for business
Published: April 2019
We have been invited for a second time to a Royal reception at Buckingham Palace to receive the UK’s highest award for business.
We are thrilled to have received the UK’s highest award for business, for the second time. Our founders have been invited to Buckingham Palace for a Royal reception.
Two years ago, we received the Queen’s Award for Innovation. This time, we received it in recognition of our achievements in International Trade, for “Measurably growing the world’s leading web companies by redesigning their websites using a customer-centric methodology.”
We love the international nature of our work, and how it has exposed us to so many great people and experiences. And we are thrilled to have helped to grow businesses in 37 countries in 11 languages, with our team members based around the world.
Here’s the email we received:
Thank you to our clients—and team members—for making it possible.
Photos from last time we won the award
The reception at Buckingham Palace
Our company was represented at Buckingham Palace by our founders, Ben Jesson and Dr Karl Blanks. They arrived by taxi. (It’s surreal to get into a taxi and say, “Buckingham Palace, please.”) They entered the palace via the iconic route used for royal weddings and state events: through the main gates, past The Queen’s guards, through the palace’s central archway, and then onto the red carpet of the Grand Entrance.
The event was held in Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms, where The Queen entertains international dignitaries.
Our founders, Karl and Ben, in the palace’s White Room. Pictured far left is Queen Victoria’s golden grand piano (which was last played by Stevie Wonder).
Inside, Ben and Karl were fortunate to meet Her Majesty The Queen; Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh; Princess Anne, The Princess Royal; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex—with whom they had the opportunity to discuss issues including teaching technology in schools; working internationally; making websites accessible; and helping charities online.
The Queen greeted us in her Picture Gallery, home to masterpieces by Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, and Van Dyck.
The Duke of Edinburgh asked Ben and Karl what they did. “Making websites easier to use,” they replied. “How will you know when you’ve finished?” he joked. And then walked off.
A visit from The Queen’s Lord Lieutenant
Soon after, The Queen’s Lord Lieutenant visited our offices. He presented us with our commemorative crystal and certificate, and he raised the royal flag.
The day was planned to coincide with our company get-together. It was a great occasion for our team members.
Here are some photos from the day:
On the lawn outside of our office, The Queen’s Lord Lieutenant raised the royal flag and presented the certificate and royal crystal bowl.
Our Queen’s Award certificate signed by Her Majesty The Queen.
The royal crystal, which now has pride of place in our offices.
We were honored that the ceremony was attended by many leading dignitaries. From left to right: Amanda Milling MP; Jeremy Lefroy MP; County Council Chairman, Mr Michael Greatorex; our CEO, Ben Jesson; The Queen’s Lord Lieutenant Ian Dudson CBE KStJ; our CTO, Karl Blanks; The High Sheriff of Stafford, Humphrey David Sneyd Scott-Moncrieff DL; and The Right Honourable Gavin Williamson CBE MP.
The day wasn’t windy enough to blow the flag. In hindsight, we wish we had paid someone to sit in a nearby tree with a leaf blower.
“Go on! Please!” We asked the High Sheriff to cut the cake with his sword.
After the ceremony, everyone mingled in the gardens with tea and cake.
The Queen’s Lord Lieutenant talked with our team members. We were impressed with how much he had read about conversion rate optimization.
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