Lord Lieutenant Presents Queen’s Award

Torquay, 11 October 2016

Queen's Award for Enterprise Innovation - Lord Lieutenant presentationOn Monday 11 October Gooch & Housego welcomed the Lord Lieutenant of Devon to its Torquay factory to formally present the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation it had won earlier in the year.

The Lord Lieutenant of Devon David Fursdon, accompanied by the High Sherriff of Devon Mrs. Angela Gilbert, Chairman Torbay Council, Mr. Ray Hill and Mrs. Patricia Hill were given a tour of the Broomhill Way factory by General Manager Graham Catley and Director of Engineering Adrian Norman.  The guests then accompanied all 200 G&H staff to a reception lunch and presentation at the Riviera Centre, Torquay.

Queen's Award for Enterprise Innovation: Enterprise 2016 - Fiber-QThe Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation was awarded in April for the invention and commercialization of the Fiber-Q® – a device which controls laser pulses and is used in applications as diverse as microscopy and oil and gas pipeline security.

G&H (Torquay) General Manager, Graham Catley said

“Winning the Queen’s Award is an achievement we are hugely proud of, and is a further indicator of the strength of our growing business. It represents the combined R&D efforts not only from our engineers here in Torquay but also from the team at our site in Ilminster, Somerset. G&H’s expertise in photonic engineering have enabled us to commercialize a truly innovative component. From that base we’ve been able to diversify with variations on the product for a wide range of markets globally and grow our sales of Fiber-Q® every year since it was launched in 2009.

One of the strengths of our operations in the South West and especially in Torbay is the wealth of talent available to us locally, enabling us to select and develop individuals to build a strong team.”

G&H’s Torquay plant specializes in manufacturing photonic packaging and passive fiber-optic components. The wider company with operations in England, Scotland and Wales and across the USA provides acousto, electro and precision optic assemblies and components together with light measurement instrumentation. For more information on the Fiber-Q® or on Gooch & Housego, contact Marcomms Manager Adrian Chance at info@goochandhousego.com.