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21 April, 2006 - 13:09 By Staff Reporter

Birthday Girl hands gongs to local entrepreneurs

United States entrepreneur Doug Richard and innovation guru Walter Herriott have won Queen’s Awards for achievement in enterprise promotion – and several local companies have been honoured for their success in both international trade and innovation.United States entrepreneur Doug Richard and innovation guru Walter Herriott have won Queen’s Awards for achievement in enterprise promotion – and several local companies have been honoured for their success in both international trade and innovation.

The announcement of the awards coincides with the Queen’s 80th birthday.

Richard, of Dragon’s Den fame and founder of Library House in Cambridge, is believed to be the first American to win a Queen’s Award while Herriot, director of St John’s Innovation Centre, Cambridge and a former chairman of Business Weekly, is a tireless champion for the local business community.

International trade awards have been made to IDTechEx Ltd, a consultancy in Stow-cum-Quy near Cambridge;

KeyMed (Medical & Industrial Equipment) Limited in Southend; Orange Music Electronic Company Limited in Borehamwood, a specialist in amplifiers and speaker enclosures and laser diodes and opto-electronic sub-assemblies company Photonic Products Limited in Bishop's Stortford.

Queen’s Awards for Innovationhave been won by six companies operating in Business Weekly’s footprint. These are:-

• ACO Technologies plc in Shefford, Beds for its Qmax system for surface water management

• Atlas Copco Construction & Mining Ltd in Hemel for its hand held vibration reduced jack hammers

• Contact Lens Precision Laboratories Limited t/a UltraVision CLPL in Leighton Buzzard for its SAM and UltraWave technology

• e2v technologies Imaging Sensors Group in Chelmsford for sensors that enable enhanced imaging across all light levels and spectrum

• Greenvale AP Ltd in Chatteris, Cambs for its 'Restrain System' for the production and maintenance of a stable atmosphere

• Siemens Communications in Milton Keynes for its HiPath personal communications portal

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