Two NDA-backed tech businesses win Queen’s Award for second time

Queen’s AwardImage: Createc has developed highly specialised equipment for radiation detection, measurement and visualisation. Photo: Courtesy of Createc.

Createc, a Cockermouth-based company that specialises in innovative applications of imaging technology,and Oxford Technologies, which develops remote handling systems for hostile environment,have received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the second time.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is the UK’s top business honour and is awarded annually to mark The Queen’s birthday.

Createc and Oxford Technologies, which have been supported by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), were among more than 200 UK businesses that have been honoured.

The two businesseshave previously won funding from NDA’s research portfolio and the government’s Innovate UK. They also won several accolades at the NDA’s Supply Chain Awards.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “These prestigious awards help shine a light on all that is great about UK business today. I am extremely impressed to see such a wealth of talent and innovation from across the UK being recognised today by Her Majesty The Queen.

“These awards recognise the innovative products and services being provided by British businesses that are in demand across the world, as well as the sheer determination and hard work that comes with starting and running a business.

“Many of these winners are small businesses –the backbone of our economy – and we are backing them to grow, increase their productivity and create more jobs and opportunity across the UK through our modern Industrial Strategy.”

The remotely operated technologies of these businesses have been exported as part of the work to clean up Japan’s damaged Fukushima power station. These technologies are also being used at the NDA’s nuclear sites and in other industrial sectors across the UK.

Createchas been established around the nuclear industry in Cumbria and the company’s ‘N-Visage’ radiation-mapping and characterisation software provides 3D images of radiation hotspots in places that are hazardous to be accessed by people.

Founded by engineers working in nuclear fusion,Oxford Technologies is part of the Veolia Group and it first won a Queen’s Award in 2014.

Oxford Technologies has worked on several aspects of the remote handling systems used to decommission and clean up the NDA’s Dounreay site in Scotland.

NDA head of technology Prof Melanie Brownridge said: “We are absolutely delighted that two of our innovative suppliers have excelled in these prestigious awards.

“Suppliers like Createc and Oxford Technologies play a vital role in solving some of the unique challenges we face –particularly in developing remote technologies and techniques for use in the most radioactive areas of our sites, helping us carry out decommissioning and hazard reduction work safer, faster and in a way that’s more cost effective for the UK taxpayer.”

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