SECOND QUEEN'S AWARD FOR PRINTERS

A LOCAL printing firm has just scooped its second Queen's Award in Foreign Trade.

Smith and Ouzman Ltd, an independent security and commercial printing house based in Brampton Road, has bagged a Queen's Award for Enterprise in the International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development 2005 category.

This marks the second consecutive royal stamp of approval for the printing house's contribution to export and intercontinental business growth.

The prestigious award was officially conferred upon Smith and Ouzman yesterday, Her Majesty's birthday. A winners' celebration ceremony will follow at London's Gladstone Library today and a reception at Buckingham Palace in July.

Established in 1946, the firm boasts a 102-strong team, most of whom are local, and has grown organically into a multi-million pound organisation. International trade agreements include the Caribbean, Balkans, Middle East and more than 20 countries throughout Africa.

'Our reputation and products are called for worldwide,' said managing director Christopher Smith.

'We are currently forging a fundamental market in Kuwait and will continue to identify further opportunities within our foreign trade network.'

Smith and Ouzman's security design and print specialities are split into four market segments: elections (53 per cent), examinations (38 per cent), financial (four per cent) and immigration and registration (four per cent).

The firm provides full service and management solutions for its clients, including detailed analyses of requirements, full recommendation proposals and implementation plans.

Plans ordinarily constitute bespoke software solutions, data management, management reporting and logistics.

The firm's security-printed documents are used for various applications including bank cheques, examination papers and certificates, visas, travel documents, personal ballots and electoral forms.

'Receiving the Queen's Award for the second time has, once again, consolidated our socio-political commitment, galvanising our position as leaders in our overseas markets,' said Mr Smith.

PICTURED: Prince Andrew visiting Smith and Ouzman in 2004