Garrets International receives second Queen’s Award for Enterprise

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dishes rsChefs rsMarine catering company Garrets International has been given the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the UK’s highest accolade for business success – for the second time in five years, for international trade.

The company, based in Essex, UK manages the purchasing and delivery of food products to all types of merchant ships and helps cooks onboard to serve a healthy and balanced diet for the crews, as well as providing audits of the hygiene standards in the ships’ galleys and training of ship personnel.

The services provided by Garrets International also help the ships’ owners and managers maintain and improve the welfare of their crews and adhere to international regulations.

On receiving the Queen’s Award, Garrets International’s CEO Geoff Battersby said: “Receiving the Queen’s Award for Enterprise twice in five years is testament to the significant growth that Garrets International has achieved in recent years. I, the Board and staff of Garrets International are proud to receive this accolade, which is a great reward for the collective efforts invested in growing the company.”

From offices in Romford and Singapore the company, which was started in 1991, provides victualing and catering management services to a fleet of about 1,000 merchant ships with a crew of over 20,000. As signified by the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, Garrets International is growing in terms of fleet managed and as a result staff numbers are increasing and today total 40.

Winners of The Queen’s Awards receive an invitation to attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace and can also use the Queen’s Award Emblem in advertising, marketing and on packaging for a period of five years as a symbol of their quality and success.

The awards are made annually by HM The Queen, and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category.