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Stephen Bernhard, managing director

Bernhard and Company, the UK mower blade sharpening specialist based in Rugby, proved to be a cut above the competition receiving the 2008 Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Notably it is the only company of its type in the golf and turf amenity sector ever to be awarded this prestigious honour throughout the 43-year history of this Royal scheme.

Award success was based on the continuous innovation and development of Bernhard’s highly-regarded Express Dual and Anglemaster sharpening systems. Used by leading golf clubs and sports turf facilities worldwide, this equipment produces surgically sharp blades on cylinder mowers allowing sports providers to create first-class presentation standards.

Managing Director Stephen Bernhard said:
“In top sporting competitions the TV camera, media, spectators and players are all focused on the condition of the turf. The team and I are delighted that our sharpening systems play such a vital role in producing the consistently high standards that are required in today’s challenging world of sport.

“As a company we all work hard with one goal in mind – customer satisfaction. Queen’s Awards are not easily achieved and I would like to pay special tribute to the sheer hard work demonstrated by our dedicated workforce. I would also like to thank our associates and customers in the UK and around the world for their continuing loyalty and support.”

Likened by some to a “Corporate Knighthood”, Her Majesty The Queen grants this most prestigious UK Award for business performance. The Award is made on the advice of the Prime Minister who is assisted by an Advisory Committee.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown said:
“Queen’s Award winning companies are standard-bearers for the best of British business. They embody the spirit of enterprise and innovation that is so vital to the future of Britain’s economy. Whether large or small, every one of this year’s winning organisations has achieved outstanding success in its field. I congratulate them all on their diverse and remarkable achievements.”

Bernhard’s specialist expertise is much in demand, supporting the preparation of notable golf tournaments around the globe including The US Open, Ryder Cup, Open Championship, PGA Championship, European Open at The London Club, together with major tour events.

The evolution and pioneering development of Bernhard’s Express Dual and Anglemaster grinders dates back to the 1800s and the company has a long and well-respected history in the market for manufacturing highly efficient and user-friendly machines. And an on-going dedicated research and development programme, aided by invaluable customer support and feed back, means its machines continue to meet the exacting demands of today’s market.

Details: Bernhard and Company 01788 811600 info@bernhard.co.uk
www.bernhard.co.uk

Notes to Editors:
The Queen's Awards for Enterprise consist of a business Award with three separate categories - International Trade, Innovation & Sustainable Development. These are recognised in the UK as the most prestigious accolade for business excellence and are respected as a mark of quality and success by the business community.

Representatives of the businesses that win are invited to an evening reception given by The Queen at Buckingham Palace. The formal presentation ceremony is conducted at the winners' premises by the Lord-Lieutenant of the County as The Queen's representative.

This is not the first time Bernhard has been recognized for outstanding performance. In 1997 it won the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Exporter of the Year Award for medium-sized business.

Fostering the development of individual greenkeeping professionals, by providing educational programmes and seminars, the company also promotes a dynamic industry exchange programme. This allows greenkeepers and superintendents the opportunity to travel to each other’s countries to observe various techniques for creating consistent golf course surfaces.

Editors for further information please contact:
Bernhard and Company Limited
Gina Putnam, marketing and communications manager
gina.putnam@bernhard.co.uk
Bilton Road, Rugby CV22 7DT
Tel: +44 (0) 1788 811600
info@bernhard.co.uk


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