Inclusive Technology, one of the UK’s leading assistive technology companies, has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the most prestigious business award in the UK
The company, which is based in Delph, Oldham, is among a select list of 249 companies announced as award winners by Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of her 90th birthday on 21 April 2016.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are made annually and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in one of three categories: Innovation, International Trade, and Sustainable Development. Winners are entitled to use the award’s prestigious symbol for five years in recognition of their achievement.
Inclusive’s award is in the International Trade category and reflects the growing importance of its online services, which have significantly boosted its overseas sales. These include HelpKidzLearn, a series of accessible games, activities and tools designed specifically for young children and those with learning difficulties, and ChooseIt! Maker 3, which allows teachers to create individual learning activities personalised to each child.
The company also sells a wide range of accessible software and hardware, which it promotes through a global network of dealerships and attendance at major assistive technology shows.
Martin Littler, Executive Chairman of Inclusive Technology, said:
I feel that this brilliant award recognises the huge contribution the UK has made to assistive technology over the last 40 years. Thanks to so many innovative companies and individuals, UK assistive technology has dramatically improved the lives of countless learners with special educational needs and disabilities, helping them to communicate, learn and enjoy more independent lives. It is also a huge pat on the back for our team, who all get a buzz from developing resources that transform these learners’ lives.
Littler and Managing Director Sukhjit Gill will attend a special reception for award winners at Buckingham Palace on 14 July. Later in the year the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester will present the award to the company at a special ceremony to be held in the region. The award is formally conferred by a Grant of Appointment and is symbolised by the presentation of a crystal bowl.