Suffolk Business receives the Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Ant Group, trading as Antistat™ and Integrity™ Cleanroom, has won an esteemed Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade for its outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales over the last three years.

Founded by Suffolk businessman John Hensley over thirty years ago with a £2000 loan from the Prince’s Youth Business Trust, Ant Group is now an award-winning global enterprise forecasting £20m+ turnover for 2020, trading in 60 countries with 55 full time staff employed in the UK, EU and the US.

The group delivers innovative packaging, specialist ESD and cleanroom consumables to the electronics, pharma, biotech, healthcare, defence and automotive sectors. It also provides global service, supply chain management and procurement outsourcing, to manufacturing companies worldwide with exports projected to increase by 45 percent in 2020.

Commenting on the announcement, John Hensley said: “This is global and national recognition of our success.  To be able to acknowledge, celebrate and recognise the fantastic growth and success of our business is a huge morale boost for the whole team as we fight Covid-19. It illustrates that hard work and endeavour do not go unrecognised and will spur us on to even greater things.”

Now in its 54th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years.

This year, 220 Queen’s Awards have been announced for outstanding business achievement in the fields of International Trade, Innovation, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility).

Ant Group will celebrate its award at a royal reception for Queen’s Awards winners in the summer at Buckingham Palace. 

The Queen’s awards for Enterprise 2021 will be open to applications from 1st May 2020 to 9th September 2020.  Almost all UK businesses (including non-profit) can apply, and the application process is free.  All applications must be made online, and you may apply for more than one category. All entry forms, eligibility criteria and information on how to apply is available  at

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