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Stage One, creators of the Olympic Cauldron win Queen’s Award for Enterprise
From the stunning Olympic cauldron to safely conveying multiple Mary Poppins through mid-air above an audience of 74,000, it’s no ordinary engineering company that wins a 2013 Queen’s Award for Enterprise. For Yorkshire based Stage One this special award for Continuous Innovation, measured over the last decade, is the climax to what has been yet another extraordinary year. That extended period of assessment indicates a company with innovation in its very DNA.
Stage One is in the business of realising the wildest ideas, from Thomas Heatherwick’s spectacular design for the Olympic flame, to the Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion for architect Zaha Hadid, this winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise is a nexus of technology, art and engineering that resides on a WWII airstrip just west of the City of York.
In existence for over twenty years, Stage One has built a reputation for delivering the ‘special’ in special events. Everything from recreating a fully functioning theatrical infrastructure in a sports arena for touring musicals on the scale of Lion King or Phantom of the Opera; to the complex marriage of video technology and automated moving scenery for the Eurovision Song Contest. Stage One is recognised as a world leader in the realms of motion control; stadium sized cable-net flying systems; and for its innovative application of modern re-usable materials in what is the notoriously wasteful commercial presentation sector.
“Working on something as exciting as the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies is as much motivation as anyone needs,” said MD Mark Johnson, “yet this Queen’s Award to Stage One is even more special and we are extremely proud to receive it. Britain’s most prestigious business award brings public recognition to the many highly skilled artisans, designers, technologists and engineers that makes up our staff. Like the imagination of our clients, they are quite simply extraordinary; we couldn’t do it without them.”
Approximately 150 Queen’s Awards have been announced this year for outstanding business achievement in the fields of International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable development. Winners of the Queen’s Award can expect an invitation to attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace. The Awards are made annually by HM The Queen, and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category.
22nd April 2013
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