Three Cornish companies are celebrating today (April 21) after being awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Launceston-based data services business, Email Hippo, picked the accolade in the innovation category, while Celtic & Co received its second Queens Award in three years, in the international trade category.

Children’s organic clothing company, Frugi, received a brace of awards, in the sustainable development and international trade categories.

Rowland O’Connor, founder and CEO of Email Hippo, said: “I am absolutely delighted and humbled for Email Hippo, our cloud technology company based in Launceston, Cornwall, to receive The Queens Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2020.

“It means a lot to me that our company is gaining recognition in its service not only to delighted customers across the globe but also in the United Kingdom and, especially, Cornwall.

Rowland O’Connor

“Email Hippo is less than five years old. In that time we’ve managed to create an internationally recognised service and brand, and build a fantastic staff base of dedicated, professional and committed people from the Launceston area.”

Nick Whitworth, co-founder of Newquay-based clothing company, Celtic & Co, paid tribute to his staff.

He said: “All of us at Celtic & Co are so immensely proud of this achievement and I thank everybody involved in this team effort. To receive a second Queen’s Award has to be one of our most memorable achievements and is a real credit to all of our hardworking staff who should all feel justifiably proud.

“A Queen’s award is one of the most prestigious business awards in Great Britain and could only be achieved not just by all of us here at Celtic & Co, but also because of all the contributions from our suppliers and of course all of our customers.”