Co-owners said award was a huge boost that would help fuel the company’s international expansion

Global Plant Genetics, the intellectual property business protecting and licensing berry, asparagus, grape and nut varieties from global breeders, has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2022.

Rupert Hargreaves and Jamie Petchell, co-owners of the Norfolk based-company, said they were thrilled with the award.

More than 70 per cent of GPG’s business is in export sales covering all corners of the world. “This is a remarkable achievement for the seven-year-old company and is the highest accolade that a British business can achieve,” said Hargreaves.

“It is awarded by Her Majesty the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister, and we are immensely proud of this achievement.”

GPGrepresents some of the world’s leading plant breeders within its product sectors. The company is responsible for developing markets for the varieties that they breed the world over.

“It is a huge testament to our team, our breeders and our clients to have achieved this award, especially during the difficulties of the last two years with Covid,” Petchell commented.

“We are fortunate that the healthy products in which we are involved are expanding in almost all international markets and while competition is fierce, we continue to take an expanding market share.”

The company, which has significant growth plans for the next five years, said winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2022 would be a huge boost to help drive its expansion.