Hull company Crewshield awarded second Queen's Award for Enterprise

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 21 Apr 2017

A Hull company which designs and manufactures armoured containers to protect employees from terrorist attacks has been honoured with a Queen's Award for Enterprise.

Crewshield was founded in 2011 by directors Mike Samways and Lawrie Hodges.

The business initially manufactured its 'Citadel' refuge as a safe retreat for ships crews when threatened by pirate attack, such as those off the coast of Somalia.

However, the 2013 terrorist attack on a gas plant in Algeria, which ended with the deaths of about 40 people, prompted a substantial rise in demand for a land-based application of the refuge.

Crewshield now provides its Citadel to private companies, governments and the United Nations, with key export markets including the Middle East and North Africa.

The company has now been awarded a Queen's Enterprise Award for International Trade.

Managing director Mike Samways said: "We are delighted to receive this recognition at the very highest level.

"Crewshield, whilst a small company, has shown that a good concept, backed up by high quality products and service delivery can still deliver the best of British manufacturing.

"The last year has been exceptionally challenging and very busy but it is clear that the hard work is beginning to pay off."

Standard Citadels are armoured to withstand small arms fire up to and including armour-piercing rifle ammunition, as well as the effects of small explosions and grenade attacks.

Fire resistance and anti-smoke systems are also fitted as standard.

The company currently employs five staff, with its patented refuge being predominantly manufactured in Hull, using expertise from nearby companies within the LG Holdings umbrella.

Lawrie Hodges, director of Crewshield and LG Holdings, said: "For us to be doing what we're doing, as a small group of companies in Hull, is fantastic".

Crewshield last year received the Queen's Enterprise Award for Innovation.

This subsequent award, which was conferred in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, recognises the exceptional growth of the business and in particular Crewshield's success in developing international trade to countries including Algeria, Libya, Mali and South Sudan.

Mr Samways said: "It is humbling to be recognised again by Her Majesty the Queen.

"I have immense pride in my team for enabling this award and hope that we can continue to both grow the company and most importantly deliver credible effective protection to those that require it, no matter where they might be in the world."

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