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inov-8 wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise for international trade

The running brand, founded in 2003, trades in over 60 countries and earlier this year won a trio of ISPO awards for its innovative footwear, apparel and accessories.

77 per cent of its sales are now outside of the UK.

inov-8 founder Wayne Edy (pictured) says: “We are delighted to win the most prestigious, internationally recognised and sought after award that a UK business can achieve.

“I am so proud of what our team has achieved throughout our first decade in business.

“This award reflects their hard work and relentless desire to constantly deliver innovative products, which has led to commercial success.

“We are pioneers within the industry and, thanks to the distinctive culture we have built, we continue to grow across the globe, seeking out distribution partners with the right profile and then working closely with them to drive sales.”

Edy adds: “To achieve such rapid global growth in a highly competitive market and up against powerful companies boasting massive resources is a real UK-born business success story.

“On the back of that we have been able to strengthen our team significantly.

“At our Staveley hub alone we have recruited over 20 new employees in the last two years.

“We will continue to add to our team and develop more young talent as we move forward.”

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