Award is icing on cake for company

AN Ashington firm has been given a royal seal of approval in the form of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Cake decoration producer Culpitt, based on the town’s Jubilee Industrial Estate, has been given the award in recognition of its export success over recent years.

The firm, now a market leader in the UK, was founded in 1921 and moved to the north east in 1947.

It was taken over by US firm DecoPac in 1998, leading to sizeable investment and allowing it to acquire Sugarfayre in 2009 and expand rapidly.

It has continued to grow since then, increasing its export sales by 115 per cent over the last three years and now employing a workforce of almost 250.

Managing director Tom Wylie, pictured, said: “Winning this award is a massive achievement for the whole team.

“With the support of our parent company, a clear business direction and the willingness of our staff to embrace change, the Culpitt business has been rejuvenated in recent years.

“This award gives us the opportunity to celebrate our collective achievement and endorses the benefit of embracing change to meet the challenges that will inevitably come.”

The firm’s plans for the future include launching a new e-commerce website this year.

Culpitt prides itself on an innovation programme leading to the addition of hundreds of new products each year.

It also holds several patents on its manufacturing processes.

Northumberland County Council leader Jeff Reid, of Plessey in Blyth, added: “This prestigious award is excellent news for Culpitt.

“The company has seen continued growth and success, and it is great to have a world-beating employer in this part of Northumberland.

“I offer many congratulations to everyone concerned.”