Ossila Wins Prestigious Queen's Award for International Trade
Posted on Sat, Apr 21, 2018 by Ashley Wong
Sheffield UK, 21st April 2018: Ossila Ltd is pleased to announce that it has been granted a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the UK’s most prestigious award for business performance. The Awards are granted annually by Her Majesty The Queen, based on the recommendations of the Prime Minister, together with an Advisory Committee of representatives from government, industry, commerce and trade unions.
The Queen’s Award recognises Ossila's outstanding continuous growth in global sales over the past six years. Established in 2009, Ossila was founded to provide a dedicated, specialist supply chain for scientists and engineers. This led to the development of Ossila's solar cell prototyping platform – a coherent collection of substrates, materials and test equipment that enables the production of high-quality, functional solar cells that can be used to advance research into renewable energy devices.
Serving a niche global market, Ossila has now exported to over 80 countries, with more than 80% of its total turnover attributed to overseas sales. Following high sales growth in the USA, South Korea, India, and Germany, Ossila has recently expanded its UK operations and manufacturing capacity, moving to larger premises and tripling its workforce over recent years. Ossila also invests heavily in its own innovative research and provides industrial support to various academic collaborators.
Dr. James Kingsley, Managing Director and co-founder of Ossila, said: “This award is a tremendous honour for all of us at Ossila. We started out - almost a decade ago - aiming to provide solar cell researchers with a trustworthy and efficient platform that would not only speed up the pace of scientific discovery, but also save them time and money. Thanks to the dedication of the Ossila team, overseas sales are a major growth area for us. We are excited to see what the future brings for Ossila and how our efforts are contributing to advances in the wider field of renewable energy.”
Representatives from Ossila will attend an official Awards Reception hosted by members of the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace later this year.
Author: Ashley Wong
Hailing from a Psychology background, Ashley has an MSc in Organizational/Work Psychology from the Sheffield University Management School. Prior to joining Ossila, Ashley worked with two multi-national organizations, researching emotional labour in the life insurance industry. In 2017, she successfully led the process of writing & applying for a prestigious Institute of Physics Business Innovation Award, which resulted in Ossila winning its first-ever industrial award.