Aqua Group has been officially presented with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation) by the Queen’s representative in Hampshire, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq.
The ceremony took place this week <19 October> at the home of Hampshire cricket, Southampton’s Ageas Bowl, and was attended by Aqua’s staff, all of whom were praised for their team effort in supporting the firm’s bid for the prestigious British mark of excellence.
One of only 24 Innovation award winners, the Fareham-based engineering firm received the UK’s highest accolade for business success for its revolutionary Leak Prevention System (LPS), a patented technology which has revolutionised cooling methods in many data centres and server rooms around the world.
Warmly welcomed by Aqua employees, the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire presented the firm with the highly-prized Queen’s Award engraved crystal bowl after an official citation was read by the Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mr Andrew Kent.
The Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire said: “I am delighted to present Aqua with such a valued mark of excellence, which recognises global success in the cooling solutions market and the team’s outstanding achievement with its LPS technology.”
“I am particularly proud to see a young, small business in Hampshire gaining royal recognition for its innovative products and enterprise culture, and I wish Aqua all success as the company continues to develop ground-breaking products and provide second-to-none service in the UK and across the world.”
Sales Director and inventor of the LPS technology Simon Davis said: “We are honoured to have the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire with us to present our Queen’s Award for Enterprise. It is the ultimate seal of approval and a real boost as we strive to break into new export markets and industry sectors.”
“Being recognised as one of Britain’s best businesses would not have been possible without the in-ventiveness, commitment and hard work of everyone at Aqua Cooling and together we are deter-mined to remain at the forefront of innovation.”
The Leak Prevention System enables computer data centres and server rooms to benefit from wa-ter-cooled data cabinets with guaranteed leak-free operation. Lowering costs and businesses car-bon footprint, this is the first time the negative-pressure principle has been used commercially in the data room sector.