Burnley businessman Tony Grimshaw has been awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Mr Grimshaw, director of the Padiham-based plastics manufacturer What More, is to receive the award for his work in international export trade.
I’m incredibly proud to be a Lancastrian too and hope this recognition helps me fly the flag for North West businessesTony Grimshaw
Tony, a Lancastrian born and bred who lives in Westhoughton, is delighted. He said: “To say I feel proud is an understatement. I’m actually amazed and haven’t got over the news yet!
“I received notification from the Cabinet Office around six weeks ago and have had a job of keeping the news to myself ever since - it hasn’t been easy! I’m so proud of my family and can’t wait to tell them.
“I’m incredibly proud to be a Lancastrian too and hope this recognition helps me fly the flag for North West businesses. I feel honoured to be a part of What More UK and am keen to share this accolade with my colleagues. They’re a wonderful team without whom What More wouldn’t be the industry leader it is today. The OBE may be in my name, but it’s a tribute to all their hard work too.
What More UK exports to 67 countries worldwide including China, Australia and Madagascar. In 2014 What More UK received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of their outstanding achievements in international trade.
“To receive an honour such as this in any year is absolutely fantastic; receiving it in such a special year for Her Majesty makes it all the more exceptional.”
What More UK employs more than 230 people at its purpose-built 500,000 sq.ft manufacturing and distribution facility at Altham and nearby head offices at Padiham.
Tony Grimshaw is married to Helen. He has three daughters and eight grandchildren.