VIPs join ideal boilers to celebrate double Queen’s award success

L-R Ideal Boilers’ Debbie Skalli and Steve Hairsine, Shaun Edwards CEO at Ideal, Susan Cunliffe-Lister (Lord Lieutenant) and Lord Mayor of Hull Steve Wilson

Heating solutions manufacturer Ideal Boilers welcomed the Queen’s representative to its Hull headquarters this week as part of an event to celebrate scooping two 2019 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

The business was presented with two trophies recognising its outstanding achievements in both innovation and international trade by the Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, Dame Susan Cunliffe-Lister.

Ideal Boilers is one of just six companies nationally to win two trophies at this year’s awards, which celebrate excellence in four areas: innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity.

The Lord Lieutenant was joined by the Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull, Councillor Steve Wilson, at the company’s headquarters for the awards ceremony and a day of celebrations which saw all employees enjoying afternoon tea and games.

As the only boiler manufacturer that designs, develops and manufactures all of its products in the UK, Ideal’s boilers have become renowned for energy efficiency, reliability and simplicity of use.

The judges assessing the innovation category singled out Ideal’s “manufacturing process that transforms the reliability of its boilers and enables it to extend its warranties to up to 12 years”, which is unique within the industry.

Similarly, those assessing the international trade entry praised Ideal Boilers for growing overseas sales by 332% in the past six years.

International markets where notable successes have been achieved – in both domestic and commercial sales – include Ireland, Italy, Turkey and Spain.

Doug Lloyd, operations director at Ideal Boilers, commented: “Our double success in this year’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise demonstrates our commitment to design, innovation and the customer focus that’s ensured our products are selling so well around the world.

“It’s also testament to the hard work and commitment of every member of Ideal Boilers staff, who are determined to ensure our product range leads the industry both in the UK and overseas.

“It was a privilege to welcome both the Lord Lieutenant and the Mayor to our offices, as we raise the profile not only of our business and our products, but also of the city we’re proud to call home.”

Ideal Boilers was founded in Hull in 1906 and today employs more than 880 people – 600 of whom are based at its Hull headquarters. The business’s turnover in 2018 was just over £260m.