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Bury St Edmunds-based Ant Group win Queen's Award for Enterprise





Winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise will spur a business onto ‘greater things,’ its chief executive has said.

Ant Group, is currently producing products to help healthcare workers during the Covid-19 crisis.

The company is comprised of Antistat, which produces consumables which inhibit electrostatic discharge, and Integrity Cleanroom, which offers products for cleanroom labs - which are used for scientific research.

Ant Group chief executive John Hensley Picture by Mecha Morton
Ant Group chief executive John Hensley Picture by Mecha Morton

Together Ant Group, which is based in Easlea Road, Bury St Edmunds, has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade for outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales over the past three years.

John Hensley, chief executive of Ant Group, founded the company 30 years ago with a £2,000 loan from the Prince’s Youth Business Trust.

He said: “This is global and national recognition of our success.

“To be able to acknowledge, celebrate and recognise the fantastic growth and success of our business is a huge morale boost for the whole team as we fight Covid-19.”

Ant Group is set to accept and celebrate its award at a Royal Reception for Queen’s Awards winners this summer at Buckingham Palace.

Ant Group chief executive John Hensley Picture by Mecha Morton
Ant Group chief executive John Hensley Picture by Mecha Morton

From humble beginnings, the company has grown to now trade in 60 countries, with 55 full time staff employed across its sites in Bury St Edmunds and also in Europe and America.

Both strands of the business have become well-known for delivering innovative packaging, specialist electrostatic discharge and cleanroom consumables to the electronics, pharma, biotech, healthcare, defence and automotive sectors.

Ant Group also provides global service, supply chain management and procurement outsourcing to manufacturing companies worldwide.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is testament to their growth, with exports projected to increase by 45 per cent this year with £20million turnover.

Mr Hensley added: “It illustrates that hard work and endeavour do not go unrecognised and will spur us on to even greater things.”

The Queen’s are the most sought after awards in business. The 54th awards will honour achievement in the fields of international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility. Ant is one of 220 companies to be honoured and will use the Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years.