This November, Zone3 was presented with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. The award for international trade was originally confirmed back in April this year. It was earned through ‘Zone3’s efforts to build a global brand and replicate its success achieved in the UK.’
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade recognises Zone3’s international success. James Lock, a former elite triathlete, founded Zone3 in 2004, aged 19, when he designed, produced and sold swim accessories. Lock’s aim was simple, to improve his race speed and earn enough to cover his training and racing costs. Now 14 years later, Zone3 adds that it retails in over 35 countries globally, sells 260 products and has won numerous design awards.
This year, Zone3 has grown by 20 employees and adds that it is ‘excited to continue to expand and innovate, both in the UK and overseas, helping its customers reach new limits.’
The award was presented by HRH The Duke of Kent and Lord Lieutenant Michael More-Molyneux at Zone3’s head office in Surrey on 13th November. The Duke spent time to meet all of the company’s staff and view presentations on how the products are created and how the brand has grown. This was followed by the reading of the official scroll and presentation of the Queen’s Award.
Founder James Lock said, “I am incredibly proud that Zone3 has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade. This accolade is testament to Zone3’s mission to be the most loved and chosen specialist sports brand in the world.
“My own background as a former athlete, deep rooted passion for triathlon and my competitive nature, has helped me to build Zone3 from a grassroots level to a global market player. We are all delighted that our business enterprise has been recognised and this has been achieved thanks to an exceptionally talented, positive and hardworking team of staff.”