Testament to employees' hard work, says the boss

Oundle-based motorboat manufacturer Fairline Boats have won The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2008 in the International Trade category.

It is the second time that the company have received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

The award comes on the back of a strong few years for Fairline, who celebrated their 40th anniversary last year. The firm have doubled their export sales over the last three years.

Chief Executive Officer of Fairline, Derek Carter, attended a reception in London on 22 April, while the award will be formally conferred on the company at their premises in Northampton later in the summer by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant, Lady Juliet Townsend, acting in her capacity as The Queen’s local representative.

Derek Carter says: “To win an award such as this, which is universally recognised throughout the world as being of the highest merit, is testament to our entire team and is to be shared equally among every one of the 1400 Fairline employees.

“Our design team creates cutting edge new models, our craftsmen and engineers proudly build them here in our factories, professional and enthusiastic sales and marketing teams travel throughout the world to ensure potential buyers are aware of our product range via our 63 appointed dealers in 36 countries and my management team oversee operations alongside me.

“We are all backed up by vital administration teams including Finance, HR and H&S.’

He continues: “Over recent years our company has undergone some truly exciting leaps forward.

“In response to the global demand from the leisure boater for ever more luxury afloat, we have introduced a steady flow of new models across our Fairline range.

“Each has received the highest acclaim by journalists from international marine publications and this is reflected in our forward order book , which stands at over £100million – its highest ever in our 40 year history.”