12th June 2018 Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted our Chairman, Hugh Facey, an OBE for services to Manufacturing, Innovation, Exports and Employee Ownership. Speaking from Kenya during a charity visit, Hugh Facey, innovator and entrepreneur, told his staff that his OBE was down to their hard work and commitment over the years.
Hugh invented and launched the iconic Gripple wire joiner in 1989 and built a world-beating employee-owned company, which last year turned over £67m and he also established Loadhog Ltd in 2002, which last year achieved a record £9.6m turnover, representing 26.6% growth.
Hugh said on a video: “This is incredible news and a great honour. I have been thinking about what OBE means as well as officially. I concluded that I received it because of you – Our Brilliant Employees – to thank you for what you do day in day out to create wonderful companies. Pride may be a sin but you make me proud of what you do and what you will continue to do.”