Queen's Award for Isle of Wight firm

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, May 1, 2014


Queen's Award for Isle of Wight firm

Geoff Underwood, of Isle of Wight company Inflight Peripherals, which has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise. Pictured in 2008.

A TECHNOLOGY company on the Isle of Wight has been recognised with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade.

It is the second time Inflight Peripherals (IFPL) has been awarded the prestigious prize, having previously scooped it in 2008.

Managing director Geoff Underwood said: "It is such a great honour to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, which is recognized around the world, particularly in our prime market of the USA; this award will provide our customers and partners with an unsurpassed level of confidence in our abilities.

"As a small company based on the Isle of Wight, to have achieved success globally, is an outstanding achievement that reflects the hard work and dedication of everyone at IFPL, for which we are all very proud."

A spokesman said the Calbourne-based company, which was formed in 1997 and designs and supplies inflight entertainment products, had demonstrated substantial overseas growth.

The company is now expanding into the executive jet and rail markets.

Prime minister David Cameron paid tribute to the work of this year’s winners: "In recognising their outstanding and innovative achievements, and their contribution to our economy, I hope other businesses and entrepreneurs will be inspired to follow their lead."

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