A Wirral Chamber of Commerce member, Richardsons Healthcare, has been honoured with a 'Queen’s Award for Enterprise' in the International Trade category for outstanding short term growth in overseas sales over the last three years.
Richardsons Healthcare Ltd. designs and manufactures operating table and birthing mattresses. The family owned private business, which is based in Bootle, started trading in 1988. The company supplies pressure relieving mattresses and accessories to some of the world’s largest medical device companies and are recognised industry leaders in the development of this type of patient support surface.
Despite a difficult economic trading environment for UK manufacturers, the company's overseas earnings grew by 66% over a three-year period. Their main customer base includes Germany, France, Finland, Sweden and Italy. However the company has more recently expanded their export market to the USA and China.
Major investment in product innovation and quality assurance has led to great success with manufacturing contracts for medical class 2 products such as heated mattresses. The new product line offers great potential to grow sales in this sector overseas, particularly the United States. On winning the Queens Award for Enterprise, Managing Director Michael Gould commented; "This is wonderful recognition of the hard work and professionalism of our entire team. The award marks the next step in our drive to develop new products and expand our international customer base. We recognise that exporting is essential for the viability our company, and British manufacturing in general."
Paula Basnett, CEO of Wirral Chamber of Commerce, said, "We are absolutely delighted that one of our key Chamber members has been recognised at the highest level for its outstanding contribution to UK enterprise. The management and staff at Richardsons Healthcare have all worked tirelessly and successfully together in putting the company in a position to have been given the prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise, and I am sure they will go on to futher success in the future.”
The award will be presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside at the Company's premises. Mr. Gould will also attend a reception for award winners, hosted by Her Majesty the Queen, at Buckingham Palace in June this year. Richardsons Healthcare is a privately owned 3rd generation family business with a turnover of £2m and 24 staff. Its specialist mattresses are exported to more than 20 countries. It is recognised as a market leader in the production of its niche operating table mattresses. It supplies and advises some of the worlds leading operating table manufacturers on preventing the development of pressure sores using its multi layer table mattresses.