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Atlantas Marine underwater inspection specialists honoured with King’s Award for Enterprise

Posted on 17 May 2024

Atlantas Marine underwater inspection specialists honoured with King’s Award for Enterprise

Atlantas Marine from Yeovil, Somerset has been recognised in the UK’s most prestigious business award programme, being honoured with a King’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.

Founded in 2000, Atlantas Marine designs and manufactures underwater inspection cameras and equipment that enable marine inspections to be carried out using unmanned submersible vehicles (Remotely Operated Vehicles or ROVs), controlled on the surface by specialist ROV operators. It has been the UK dealer of industry-leading VideoRay ROVs since 2001, supplying in excess of 400 systems. It also provides subsea offshore inspection services, technical support and training to customers worldwide, working across a range of industries including offshore wind, oil & gas and defence.

Announced on Monday 6 May, Atlantas Marine is one of 252 organisations nationally to be recognised with a prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise. It was recognised for its excellence in international trade, with the company’s overseas earnings growing by more than 300 per cent over a three-year period. Its overseas turnover rose from 30 per cent of its total turnover to 51 per cent, with key export regions including Central and South America, Asia and Africa.

The King’s Award for Enterprise will be presented to Atlantas Marine by His Majesty The King’s personal representative in the county, the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset. In addition, a special reception for recipients of King’s Awards for Enterprise will be hosted later this year by His Majesty The King at Windsor Castle.

Charlie Foll, Managing Director and Founder of Atlantas Marine, said: “It is a great honour to be recognised in this year’s King’s Award for Enterprise. We have a fantastic and very loyal team of people working at Atlantas Marine, and this award is testament to their experience, skill and professionalism. Together we have far exceeded the growth forecast in our current business plan, written with support from the Cranfield Business Growth Programme. We hope this award will propel us to further export growth, shining a spotlight on the work we do and helping us to expand our presence in key industries such as offshore wind.”

As a result of its recent growth, Atlantas Marine now employs 16 staff from its new state-of-the-art, energy efficient offices in Yeovil. With turnover in excess of £7million and expected to exceed £10million by 2027, the company plans to further expand its sales and inspection services over the coming years, particularly in the offshore wind sector.

The King’s Awards for Enterprise, previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, were renamed last year to reflect His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s by recognising outstanding UK businesses. First established in 1965, the Award programme is now in its 58th year and is considered the most prestigious business award in the country.