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FAI celebrate Queen's Award with Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire

Date: 08-Aug-2018

FAI have celebrated winning the prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise by inviting all staff to attend a dinner at the opulent Woburn Sculpture Gallery Woburn, where HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis presented the Queens Royal Warrant to Managing Director, Sean Walker.

The Queens Award is the UK’s most globally acknowledged business accolade, only awarded to qualifying companies able to demonstrate the strict sales requirements and corporate responsibility that you would expect from such a high-profile recipient. The Bedfordshire based automotive company, established in the 1960’s, has enjoyed enormous success within the UK Automotive Aftermarket Parts industry, supplying all major buying groups, motor factors and engine specialists, with an extensive range of premium quality replacement car parts.

Three Deputy Lieutenants were also in attendance, including local businessmen, Nick Kier DL & Vinod Tailor DL, and Professor Sir Les Ebdon CBE DL, who’s known best for his work involving under-privileged students. 

After the formal ceremony and a speech made by the Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Sean Walker gave a rallying speech which included the announcement of FAI’s continued commitment to charitable organisations. A round of applause rung out in the dining hall when directors informed the audience of over 100, that a sixty-thousand-pound gift was to be split between four charities; Cherry Lodge Cancer Care, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, Shelter and Blesma - organisations working tirelessly to support families suffering loss and hardship. The directors of FAI also took time to celebrate the many long-standing members of staff, along with specific staff who have significantly contributed to the winning of the Queens Award.

 “It was an honour to receive the Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, who made all around her immediately at ease. I had the privilege of her company throughout dinner, where her knowledge of the business world, especially that of Bedfordshire’s rich network of companies made for fascinating conversation.

The award ceremony was a proud moment, made ever-more special by the whole workforce being in attendance; after all it’s a result of all our hard work.  All this can only be achieved with the support of our loyal customer base, from which our success stems from.” –  Sean Walker – Managing Director.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis said “I congratulate FAI Automotive on this outstanding achievement. It was clear at their Queen's Award celebration party held at the glorious Sculpture Gallery, Woburn, that there is an enthusiastic and innovative culture within their loyal staff and a determination to build on this success”.

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