On 13 June 2019, Yelo were presented with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise by Mrs. Joan Christie CVO OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Antrim. The award recognises how, during the course of three consecutive financial years, Yelo saw an increase of 138% in its international trade.
Speaking at the event, Mrs. Christie said “This is a very meaningful award and Her Majesty emphasises the importance of the staff to celebrate this great recognition as they are the ones who work and contribute to making Yelo a success.” Presenting her last ever Queen’s Award Mrs. Christie went on to say a big congratulations and thank you to the Managing Director of Yelo, Richard Furey. “Every organisation needs a strong leader and it is someone’s individual ability, creation and vision that produce a wonderful employer like Yelo”.
Yelo employs over 50 people in Carrickfergus and export’s it products to United States, China and Europe. The company develops testing equipment for lasers and electronic products.
Also speaking at the event, Sammy Wilson MP emphasized that “SME’s are the drivers of our economy. Yelo are a great example of a company that have moved away from traditional manufacturing towards manufacturing of the 21st century. It’s great to celebrate a success story of people who come to work every day, dedicated to growing the company, proud of the work they do and who not only make a success of the company, but help make a success of the country.”
About the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is an awards programme for British businesses and other organizations who excel at international trade, innovation or sustainable development. They are the highest official UK awards for British businesses. The award winners are approved by The Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister.
About Yelo: Yelo are a test engineering company based in Carrickfergus. The company was founded in 1983 by Richard Furey and employs over 50 people. Yelo manufactures test equipment and exports its products to United States, China and Europe.