Zone3 has won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2018, recognising the company’s growth and international expansion. The award for international trade was earned through Zone3’s efforts to build a global brand and replicate its success achieved in the UK.
In a release the company notes that ‘This has been achieved from a deep-rooted passion for endurance sports and a company policy which always ensures the highest performance products are delivered to its customers.’
The award will be formally presented at Zone3’s head office following a royal reception at Buckingham Palace this summer.
James Lock, an elite level triathlete, started developing the business in 2006 after graduating from Loughborough University with a key focus on improving his race speed and simply trying to earn enough to cover his training and racing costs. Since then, the brand has been expanded to reach a global audience.
Zone3 adds that ‘This has been achieved without any investment or business partners but through building a fantastic team of staff and ensuring that each product is packed with innovative designs and features. Today, Zone3 retails in over 25 countries and is the brand of choice for many athletes of all levels.’
Commenting on the recent win, Zone3 founder James Lock said “I am incredibly proud that Zone3 has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade. As the UK’s most prestigious business award, this accolade is testament to our company mission to be the most loved and chosen specialist sports brand in the world. We are all delighted that our international growth has been recognised. My own background as a former athlete and my innate passion for triathlon and competitive nature has been the driving force behind the Zone3 brand. It has helped me to build the business up from a grassroots level to a global market player.”
The company now employs a team of more than 20 in the UK and adds that it ‘continues to thrive despite trading through uncertain economic times including the 2008 recession and Brexit.’