North Lincolnshire business receives royal recognition

Seven-years after launching their North Lincolnshire-based greeting card and gift company Hannah and Jack Dale are “over the moon” after receiving news of a top award.

The couple, who are the brains behind Wrendale Designs, are celebrating their business winning The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Excellence in International Trade.

Hannah said: “We are so thrilled to receive the Queen’s Award. Launching our brand and seeing it so well received around the world has been incredibly exciting for us, but we’d like to say an enormous thank you to all our loyal customers in the UK, who have supported since we launched Wrendale. Without their belief in our brand this would never have been possible.”

Jack and Hannah employ 25 people at their Brigg-based business.

Judged solely on merit, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise recognises and celebrates business excellence across the UK. First instigated by Royal Warrant in 1965, the esteemed Award for Enterprise has a long history of recognising exceptional UK businesses.

“We feel very fortunate to have a style that people seem to identify with all over the world and this has made it a real pleasure to launch the brand overseas. We have worked with a number of distributors from the early days of our business and they have supported us as Wrendale has evolved from a greeting card company into a lifestyle brand,” said Hannah.

“In the last few years we’ve also started to supply a number of countries direct, building up our own salesforce and exhibiting at trade shows. It’s a lot more investment and a lot of hard work but this has proved to be a really good way of spreading the word about Wrendale.”

Jack said: “We have seen our export sales grow by more than 400 per cent over the last three years, following successful launches in the America, Europe and Japan. At the same time, we have been building our relationships with distributors across the world.

“Although we are announcing the Award today, there’s lots more excitement to come for us. We are really looking forward to attending a reception at Buckingham Palace in June, which will be hosted by Her Majesty The Queen.

“After that, a Palace representative will be visiting us at our premises in Brigg in North Lincolnshire to present the actual Award. We will be able to display it for five years and we can’t wait for our hard-working team to see it,” added Jack.