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Northern Ireland’s first company to earn the King’s Award for Excellence in International Trade

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Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council

13th Dec 2023

Earlier this year it was announced that Monkstown-based company, BLKBOX, would receive the King’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. The prestigious award was presented to them during a notable awards ceremony hosted by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council on Thursday.

The award, presented by His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell KStJ, is recognised as the most prestigious business award in the United Kingdom and is presented to companies that have excelled in International Trade and demonstrated sustained growth in overseas earnings and commercial success.

BLKBOX is a leading manufacturer of strength and conditioning equipment, specialising in the design and outfitting of premier training facilities. They have built a remarkable customer portfolio, which includes Adidas, Nike, PureGym, Irish Rugby, Manchester United FC, Arsenal FC and Kerry GAA. This accolade celebrates outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales, showcasing an impressive 251% increase over a three-year period starting from 2018.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Mark Cooper BEM provided the opening welcome at the event and commented:

“The Council’s relationship with BLK BOX began with their relocation from Belfast to Monkstown in 2021. Since then, the Council has worked in close collaboration with this pioneering company, supporting their ongoing growth and expansion efforts. The Council was delighted to have nominated BLK BOX for this award and we are privileged to host this award ceremony in honour of their achievements”.

BLK BOX Founder, Greg Bradley commented:

“We are very proud to receive the first ever King’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. It is a testament to our teams’ hard work and dedication which has led us to winning international contracts across Europe, Asia and Australia. We would like to thank Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council for their recommendation and continued support”.

The King’s Awards for Enterprise was previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, and the new name reflects His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II by recognising outstanding UK businesses.