International trade award for Cheshire food packaging specialist

Cheshire-based tray sealing specialist Proseal UK has marked its 20th anniversary year by winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade. The company received the honour in recognition of its outstanding continuous growth over the last six years.

The companies core business is the design and manufactures of high quality automatic tray sealing machines, conveyor systems, and sealing tools for the food industry and other applications. The Queens Award for Enterprise comes after a period in which Proseal achieved strong sales in both its home and export markets, creating many new jobs in the process that have increased the number of employees to over 300 in the UK to nearly 400 worldwide.

“We’re honoured and delighted to have received the Queen’s Award for International Trade – and the fact that it comes during our 20th anniversary year makes it all the sweeter,” commented Steve Malone, Proseal’s Director, who together with Robert Hargreaves founded the company in 1998. “Early on we identified that expanding our presence overseas would be critical to our continued growth and the award is testament to this strategy.”

Proseal’s impressive performance has been supported by the company’s ongoing investment in research and development, which has seen the introduction of models that have broken new ground in tray sealing technology and opened up new applications.  For example, the company developed the first machine to erect, fill and seal cardboard skillets for sandwiches, which has facilitated the move away from plastic packs for many leading retailers.