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12 October, 2017 - 14:16 By Kate Sweeney

Zettlex is top tech rural business in UK

Zettlex Darran Kreit Matthew

Cambridge sensors company Zettlex won the Innovation of the Year accolade at the UK’s Rural Business Awards.

Zettlex designs and makes sensors which measure position or speed accurately in tough conditions. The sensors are used in control systems by equipment manufacturers in the aerospace, defence, medical and petrochemical sectors. 

The company exports to 45 countries and overseas sales account for nearly 90 per cent of its business. Customers include hi-tech companies such as Boeing, NASA, Rolls-Royce and Airbus.

The Rural Business Awards is regarded as the UK’s leading Awards programme for the rural sector. The 2017 Awards Ceremony took place at Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey with BBC TV and radio presenter, Jules Hudson as the host.

Mark Howard, managing director at Zettlex said: “We are delighted to win this award for innovation. Zettlex sensors are increasingly used as a critical component in some amazing machinery such as unmanned aircraft, surgical robots, submarines and space rockets.”

Zettlex’s innovation also brought a Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2017.

The Uk rural business awards are now in their third year and run in partnership with the CLA and Amazon.

Rural Affairs Minister Lord Gardiner said: “Farm shops, food producers and rural startups are a vital part of the UK’s economy, generating over £230 billion every year. It is fantastic to see the breadth of talent on display across our rural communities and I am delighted so many hardworking businesses have been honoured.”

Amazon’a UK Country Manager, Doug Gurr added: “The stories of these successful rural businesses are incredibly inspiring and just go to show the immense talent that exists at the heart of our rural communities in the UK.” 

Judges admired how Zettlex was a successful engineering business using remarkable innovative technology in a remarkable location. They said it was great to see a company with fantastic financials and which was bringing skilled roles into a rural setting.

Awards co-founder Anna Price said: “Zettlex has featured highly in our awards since we started them and we continue to be blown away by this incredibly successful business.

“Rather than basing itself in an urban area or science park, they have chosen to bring cutting-edge science operating on a global level to a tiny village, and we couldn’t be prouder to hand them our rural innovators award.

“The Rural Business Awards give rural enterprises of all sizes the opportunity to showcase their success and the contribution they are making to our thriving rural economy – just the firms that have entered in 2017 have combined turnovers well in excess of £70m. 

“Hundreds of companies enter the RBAs each year and the finals illustrate the best businesses the countryside has to offer in each of the 13 categories.”

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Zettlex’ Darran and Matthew Kreit with the award

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