London-based personalised jewellery company Merci Maman has scooped the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category.
For the brand, which was founded by Beatrice de Montille in 2007, this royal seal of approval joins many accolades secured by the company in a short space of time.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are given to British-based businesses and organisations that excel at international trade, innovation and sustainable development. They are the highest official UK awards for British businesses, and have been presented by the Queen since 1966.
Merci Maman has been honoured in the awards’ International Trade category for its outstanding growth, having increased its overseas earnings from zero to almost 35% in just three years, helping the company to generate £3 million in sales.
Last year the company opened an atelier in Paris, and has plans to expand further into Europe.
“We are so honoured to receive this award and to be recognised by the Queen for our international trade strategy,” says founder Montille.
“Born in France, I launched Merci Maman 10 years ago in London and have since been amazed by the encouragement of the UK, allowing our business to grow both across and country and internationally. I feel so proud and humbled to have had this support and I look forward to meeting Her Majesty at the Buckingham Palace reception on July 11.”
Merci Maman has also won a Nectar Small Business Award (2015) and Franco British Award of the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain (2014).