Queen raises her glass to beer firm

FlavorActiV Limited wins queens award
FlavorActiV Limited wins queens award

TWO companies from the area have been given one of the highest accolades in business after being recognised by the Queen.

FlavorActiV in Chinnor and Softbox Systems from Long Crendon and have both been given the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the international trade.

It is the third time since 2005 that beer tasting specialist FlavorActiV has won the award – an achievement unrivalled in any other brewing arena.

The company works with the world’s leading brewers, and has more than 2,000 customers in 170 countries.

Managing director Richard Boughton said: “Winning Britain’s most coveted business prize for a third time is a significant achievement for FlavorActiV, and recognises the hard work of all our employees around the world.

“In any pub or bar you walk into, in any part of the world, the likelihood is that at least one of its beers has been tasted by a FlavorActiV trained taster.”

Softbox was given the award after doubling its exports of temperature-controlled packages.

The design from Softbox is used to transport pharmaceuticals and vaccines around the world, while being maintained at the optimum temperature for up to five days.

It was founded by Edwin Tattam 26 years ago in a garage in Speen and has since grown to its premises in Long Crendon.

Sales director Mark Hammond said: “Edwin is very entrepreneurial, he is the ideas man behind Softbox.

“There are three companies that provide temperature controlled packaging in this area and Edwin effectively had a hand in all of them.”

Softbox employs 38 staff at its global head office in Long Crendon.