Multiple KBB brands named as King’s Award recipients

The Team at Triton Showers celebrating their achievement

Both Triton Showers and deVOL Kitchens have received this year’s King’s Award for Enterprise, with both companies being recognised for their achievements over the last several years.

The King’s Award for Enterprise is now in its 58th year, and celebrates outstanding UK-based businesses. The achievement recognises businesses in four categories: international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting opportunity.

Triton Showers received a King’s Award for sustainable development, owing to its demonstratable commitment to sustainable business practices.

The manufacturer was one of just 29 businesses to be recognised in this category, and it says that the achievement acknowledges its long-term commitment to sustainability and achieving net zero.

Commenting on Triton’s award win, David Tutton, managing director, said: “Given our market-leading position, we believe it is our responsibility to champion the water, energy, and carbon saving benefits of showers at every opportunity. We are therefore delighted to receive a King’s Award for Excellence in Sustainable Development, which is testament to the hard work of everyone within our organisation who is contributing towards delivering change.

“Going forward, we are committed to achieving an ambitious ‘Net Zero by 2035’ target, with a near-term alignment target of 2028. There is a lot more to do but we are moving the dial and delivering solid progress, which makes the recognition we have received from the King’s Award for Enterprise so very special.”

An example kitchen from deVOL Kitchens

Meanwhile, Leicestershire-based deVOL Kitchens was recognised in the international trade category for its continuous growth in overseas markets. The company says it has increased its overseas revenue by 2,300% over the last 6 years, with 31% of sales now being exported.

Paul O’Leary, founder of deVOL Kitchens, said the company was honoured to receive a King’s Award. He continued: “After 35 years in business, I can’t believe that we now export our kitchens and homewares all around the world. What started as two friends making furniture in a garage, almost for fun, has grown into a business that employs 400 people, many of them design graduates from local universities.

“Together, we sketch, render, prototype, and fettle, with every design and craft discipline embraced; like a modern-day Bauhaus, we are never satisfied that a product for the home is good enough. Everything not created by nature can be improved.”

Formerly known as the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the accolade’s name was changed last year. According to its organisers, the name change reflected The King’s wishes to continue Queen Elizabeth II’s legacy of celebrating UK businesses.

Until recently, Triton’s parent company, Norcross Group, was also the parent company of Johnson Tiles, which recently announced it was ceasing manufacturing at its UK plant.

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