The Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire has congratulated staff at Yate-based Precision Dippings Manufacturing (PDM) on achieving their second Queen’s Award for Enterprise in three years – this time for international trade.

The family-run company, which employs nearly 30 staff, has been in business for 55 years. As specialists in bespoke rubber dipped solutions for a variety of industries, PDM develop and manufacture Bloccs’ waterproof cast and dressing protectors. The product’s unique design and water-resistant properties have made it a resounding success in countries as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and America. The covers have also been listed for UK prescription.

After first winning in the Queen’s Award Innovation category in 2016, the company has now won the same accolade in the export category for impressive year on year growth in Bloccs’ international sales.

Edward Gillespie OBE toured the factory in Stover Trading Estate before making the presentation on behalf of the Queen and meeting staff.

“You’re winning these awards because you’re obviously excellent at what you do,” he told the PDM team, before reading the royal proclamation. “I’m delighted to congratulate each and every one of you.”

The Bloccs’ product range includes re-usable arm, leg and elbow protectors. Snug-fitting and comfortable, the covers allow patients with a cast or dressing to swim, bathe and shower normally – making them an especially big hit with families going on holiday. A knee protector is also being launched later this month.

“We still can’t quite believe we’ve won two of these awards in such a short time,” said Director Kate Richards. “Sales have dramatically increased over the last three years and we’re really pleased with the feedback we’re getting on a daily basis from customers and medical professionals. It makes a lot of hard work feel very worthwhile.”

The Lord Lieutenant and his deputy Major John Eyre stayed for a celebratory buffet lunch, during which a specially-made Queen’s Award cake was cut and served.

For more information, visit Precision Dippings Manufacturing and Bloccs.