Jaguar Land Rover honoured with 2014 Queen’s Award for Enterprise

22 April 2014 #SMMT News
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Ralf Speth attend the Jaguar Land Rover Pavillion at The Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace, London, 11th July 2013.

HM The Queen and Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr Ralf Speth

Jaguar Land Rover has accorded a prestigious 2014 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade, for its outstanding overseas sales growth over the last three years.

The award, which was announced on Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday, is one of the most important awards for businesses in the UK.  Jaguar Land Rover’s success reflects a sustained sales growth over recent years, with the brand selling more than 425,000 vehicles in 2013, with 80% of these exported to over 170 countries.

Jaguar Land Rover’s sustained sales success sees it employ 28,000 at its UK facilities in Castle Bromwich, Gaydon, Halewood, Solihull and Warwick University, with a further 190,000 jobs supported in UK dealerships, suppliers and local businesses.

The manufacturer will employ a further 1,400 people when its all-new aluminium engine facility opens near Wolverhampton later this year which will also result in the creation of 3,500 highly skilled jobs in the UK automotive supply chain.

Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, said, “We are delighted and honoured to receive this recognition of Jaguar Land Rover’s contribution to British enterprise.  Our success is thanks to our dedicated and passionate employees who create exciting vehicles that are in high demand with customers around the world.

“The more we build our business, the more opportunity we can create to improve the lives of many families, by recruiting and training more people, investing in facilities and communities, and strengthening the overall growth of the UK economy.”

While this is the first time that Jaguar Land Rover has won the Queen’s Award, each of the brands has won six times between 1967 and 2008.

Another automotive outfit to be granted the Queen’s Award for Enterprise was Blackpool-based TISS. The  company has seen its exports rise to account for 45% of its turnover in 2013, compared to just 13% three years previously.  It has gained international recognition for its range of TankSafe fuel security devices, which prevent siphoning, skimming and overfilling on any truck or van.


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