Hospitality/Leisure

Chelsom wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

A sparkling glass chandelier hanging in a stairwell
Chelsom has seen huge growth in the cruise ship market. It has supplied to luminaires to Disney Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Virgin Voyages, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Seen here is the Celebrity Edge cruise ship.

CHELSOM has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade for the second time in three years in recognition of outstanding export achievements over the past three years. 

As the UK’s most coveted commercial prize, the awards celebrate and encourage business excellence in the UK. Chelsom has demonstrated outstanding results, achieving 59 per cent growth in international sales over that period. 

Chelsom designs and manufactures decorative lighting for the hotel and marine industries, and has supplied projects in over 70 countries across the world. 

Exports account for around 58 per cent of its sales and Chelsom has built an exceptionally strong Clients include the Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, IHG, Hilton, Accor and Marriott hotel groups as well as the Disney Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Virgin Voyages, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Managing director Will Chelsom, who has been responsible for driving the export division of the business and diversifying into the marine sector, told Lux: ‘We’ve achieved impressive export growth across multiple markets particularly in North America, the Middle East and Europe.

‘Significant investment in our international sales team, corporate branding and overseas exhibitions have helped raise our international profile and undoubtedly contributed to our success.

‘Winning this export award is a huge honour but it is also confirmation that our innovative product design, overseas sales strategies and all of the accompanying hard work by our superb teams around the world is paying off.’

Chairman Robert Chelsom commented: ‘I’m extremely proud that Chelsom has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade for the second time in three years. 

‘We are honoured to receive this award on the back of 2019, our most successful year to date, as it acknowledges the hard work, dedication and passion that every employee has shown in helping to drive the business forward internationally. 

‘I am delighted to see that our third generation family business is continuing to expand and develop, cementing us as one of the major global players in the industry’.