Brighton-based pharmaceutical search firm Stelfox has today been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for outstanding contribution to international trade. The Queen’s Awards scheme is regarded as the most prestigious business accolade in the country and 2016 marks its 51st anniversary.
Stelfox has been recognised in the International Trade category, which celebrates outstanding international growth and commercial success. In 2015 Stelfox recorded an increase in international turnover of almost a third (29%), exceeding the industry average by more than 20%*. This overseas expansion has also helped fuel the company’s overall turnover, which last year grew by 44%.
This year’s award organisers also recognised Stelfox’s ongoing commitment to international development, including their expanding operations into Asia and EMEA, and a new office in Basel, Switzerland in 2016.
Over the past eight years Stelfox has transformed from a three-person UK based operation, largely concentrating on the domestic market, to a 20 plus strong company with an international focus. Stelfox is now the staffing partner of choice for more than 20 top international pharmaceutical and biotech companies with a highly tailored service offering, from securing Chief Scientific Officers for start-up Biotechs in Europe, to sourcing senior commercial appointments for Pharmaceutical companies in USA.
Steve Kerassitis, Stelfox managing director, said: “The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is a huge accolade and I’m incredibly proud of the team for receiving such prestigious recognition in the international trade category.
“Stelfox is a thoroughly international brand – UK headquartered, run by two Aussies, employing a largely multilingual workforce and recently launching our new branch in Basel, Switzerland. This international focus is a significant factor in our success, coupled with our commitment to developing close industry and academic ties and working hard to forecast and stay ahead of the biggest market trends, and ultimately, our clients’ needs.
“But it’s safe to say we wont be resting on our laurels – over the next four years we plan to launch offices in Germany, New York and Madrid, and by 2019 aim to establish bases in the Asia Pacific region.”
In recognition of their award, the Stelfox management team, including managing director Steve Kerassitis and director Anna Pak Poy have been invited to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in July. Stelfox will be formally presented with their award when an emissary of the Queen visits their Brighton HQ later in the year.
* Findings supported by The Recruitment & Employment Confederation analysis – https://www.rec.uk.com/