When President Engineering Group Ltd (PEGL) learned it had won the prestigious Queens’ Award for International Trade and would be invited to Buckingham Palace it faced a dilemma – with only two places and three company directors, who should attend and meet the Queen?
The directors decided that it would be a great idea to invite one of their longest serving staff members, Charlie Bott, to the Palace alongside a director to collect the company’s award.
Charlie has worked for PEGL, a Sheffield-based manufacturer of specialist products to the industrial gas and energy industries, for 44 years and is currently the firm’s machine shop team leader.
He was joined for his recent royal appointment by John Waddington, PEGL’s operations director.
Mr Waddington said: “Winning a Queens Award and attending the Palace was a great honour.
“I couldn’t have shared the experience with a better person than Charlie, he really deserved to be there.”
Mark Henley, managing director at PEGL, added: “We were so proud to find out that we had won the Queens Award for International Trade.
“All of our staff have played a part in our success and the award is a testament to their dedication, expertise and professionalism.
“Charlie has made a significant contribution over the past four and a half decades.
“He is an extremely valued member of our team and we were really pleased to be able to give him the opportunity to accept this prestigious award.”
PEGL was one of only 105 firms in the UK to achieve the Queens’ Award.