Queen’s award for Boston Spa family’s business

From left, Eric Hall, Graeme Hall, Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Dr Ingrid Roscoe, and Adrian Hall. (S)
From left, Eric Hall, Graeme Hall, Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Dr Ingrid Roscoe, and Adrian Hall. (S)

A MEDICAL technology company owned by a family from Boston Spa has won a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in innovation.

Brandon Medical – set up by Eric Hall, the former chief executive of ex-Wetherby company Farnell Electronics Manufacturing, and his son Graeme in 1993 – won the prize based on the development of specialist lighting used in surgical procedures.

Following a reception for award winners at Buckingham Palace earlier this month the managing directors of Brandon Medical – Graeme and his brother Adrian, who both went to Boston Spa Comprehensive School – were presented with a trophy and scroll signed by the Queen and Prime Minister David Cameron at their south Leeds base by the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Dr Ingrid Roscoe (the Queen’s representative for the county) last Wednesday.

“We were absolutely delighted to win. As far as British companies go it’s the most prestigious award in the UK,” said Graeme after receiving the trophy.

The award is made not just for innovation itself but also how a company has used a new product commercially over a three-year period to grow its business.

The innovation that helped Brandon Medical win the prize was its development of HD-LED (high-definition light emitting diode) technology which it first brought to market four years ago after two years of development.

HD-LED lighting eliminates the blue tint present in ordinary LED lights and produces an accurate reproduction of natural day light enabling visible colours to be vivid and vibrant. As a result, surgeons in operating theatres can easily distinguish the most minuscule differences in tissues.

Brandon Medical’s latest development incorporating HD-LED technology is Astramax HD-LED, released in June, which features red-balance control. It was developed because the human eye has a natural weakness in distinguishing shades of red and so red LEDs are placed in the light which can be adjusted to improve the differentiation between tissues of similar colour.

Over the past 12 years, Brandon Medical has doubled in size every three years and Graeme says he hopes to grow by another 100 per cent in the next three years.

“We’ve done it before so it is not an idle boast,” he said.

“The way we are growing the business is developing innovative products that have better user benefits than the other products on the market.

“If we can continue to do that, we have a winning formula.”