Queen’s top award for Tockwith firm

Tockwith company Stage One have won the Queens Award
Tockwith company Stage One have won the Queens Award

A Tockwith metalworking firm which built the centrepiece cauldron at the 2012 London Olympic opening ceremony have won a highly prestigious award for their work.

Stage One, which employs more than 100 people at the Marston Moor Business Park in Tockwith, have won the Queen’s award for Enterprise - the UK’s highest accolade for business success.

Simon Wood, marketing director, said: “There were a lot of other types of businesses who entered for the awards, such as engineering companies, so when we found out we won we were not only shocked but thrilled too.”

The firm, which specialise in event and stage production, are most famous for building Thomas Heatherwick’s design for the Olympic Flame cauldron at the 2012 London Olympics, which featured 204 individual ‘petals’. The award recognises achievement over the last 10 years.

Simon said that since the global exposure of the Olympics, the company - which employs a range of craftsmen from designers to mechanical engineers - has received huge interest.

He said: “Since the Olympics we have received dozens of letters from local people, of which we have tried to respond to as many of them as possible.

“The Olympics have put Stage One on the map.”

Managing director Mark Johnson said: “We are immensely proud and flattered to be given the prestigious Queen’s Award.

“It says much about this often neglected corner of the north of England that Stage One has been able to forge this amazing collection of skilled people.

“The recognition this award bestows is entirely down to them.”

The awards are made annually by the Queen, on her birthday, and are given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category. Winners are invited to attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace.

Stage One has built designs for the British Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo, as well as a staging system for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. The company is currently working on a top-secret project for the 2014 Winter Olympics to be unveiled in Sochi, Russia.