UK company ICC Solutions has been awarded a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation, its fourth overall Queen’s Award. The company, based in Warrington, Cheshire, is regarded as a global leader in the provision of highly efficient EMV (known as Chip & PIN) test and certification tools.
ICC Solutions has won three previous Queen’s Awards for Enterprise; its first Innovation Award was received in 2012 and International Trade Awards were picked up by the company in 2012 and 2016.
Now in its 51st year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the UK, honouring companies who have made an outstanding contribution to the British economy. They are awarded annually by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is assisted by an advisory committee that includes representatives of government, industry and commerce.
The Innovation Award recognises that ICC Solutions has achieved outstanding commercial success as a result of innovation over two years. Utilising an industry-leading closed-loop environment, the VIABLE solution, created by ICC Solutions for the US market, provides merchants with a cutting-edge environment for Chip & PIN testing, setting the standard for ease and efficiency. VIABLE is used by the largest merchant acquirer in the US.
Dave Maisey, CEO and Co-Founder, commented: “We are deeply honoured to win our fourth Queen’s Award for Enterprise. This is a wonderful testament to our ongoing commitment and vision to excel in innovation to drive success in international trade. We firmly believe that the two are intrinsically linked. Delivering a revolutionary, unique and market-leading Chip & PIN testing solution to the US has resulted in our turnover attributable to export rising to 95% of our overall sales.
“We remain totally focussed on providing the best possible solutions to our clients, and this latest award for Innovation reflects that. Additionally, we have a strong desire to help further enhance British exporting and our Queen’s Awards have been the catalyst to drive us to attempt to inspire others to embrace the exciting opportunities offered by international trade and innovation. We were delighted to partner with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) to launch “Exporting Excellence”, which is now recognised as an option on the Skills Section of the DofE Award, encouraging young people across the UK to embrace opportunities in international trade through a framework of education, training and mentoring. These young people could be the international traders of tomorrow, ensuring Britain thrives as a powerful global trading nation.”
Wendy Maisey, Director and Co-Founder adds: “This is a tremendous achievement, to win our second Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation adding to our two awards in International Trade. This reiterates our vision to be the best in class at what we do, and is a wonderful reflection on the impressive capabilities of our team. In a fiercely competitive environment, to design, develop and deliver such a unique solution as VIABLE to greatly enhance the efficiency of Chip & PIN certifications in the US is quite an achievement. We sincerely thank our team for their ongoing professionalism, commitment and enthusiasm.”