Today's guest blog comes from Dr Andy Harter, CEO of third time Queen’s Award winner, RealVNC.
2013 is shaping up to be an exciting year for RealVNC. In April we were delighted to receive our third Queen’s Award for Enterprise in just 3 years in recognition of our achievements in International Trade, following our unique double win for sustained achievements in Innovation and International Trade in 2011.
To be recognised for our international growth has been truly remarkable and is a real testament to the ongoing efforts of our team here in Cambridge. Our VNC software is one of the most ubiquitous pieces of software, boasting over a billion copies and users in 175 countries worldwide. Over the last 3 years we have worked hard to rapidly expand our overseas sales and exports now comprise over 90% turnover with overseas sales growth in this time over 250%.
Founded in 2002, we are committed to innovation and have developed an extensive range of applications - our innovations are now connecting not just computers but all kinds of devices including TV set-top boxes, consumer electronics, in-car infotainment systems and beyond that the ‘Internet of Things’. In addition, we actively seek to recruit local engineering talent.
The Queen’s Awards are the most prestigious accolades for business in the UK, and being a winner helps us to showcase this cutting edge UK engineering talent to the rest of the world. As well as giving our deserving staff a real sense of pride and motivation, as their hard work is recognised by Her Majesty the Queen - it doesn’t get much better than that!