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Garrets International Limited receives a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the second time

22 April 2014

Garrets International is today celebrating being named winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade - the UK’s highest accolade for business success – for the second time.

Approximately 160 Queen’s Awards have been announced this year for outstanding business achievement in the fields of International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development. 

The awards are made annually by HM The Queen and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category.

On receiving The Queen’s Award, Garrets International’s CEO Geoff Battersby said: “Receiving the Queen’s Award for Enterprise twice in five years is testament to the significant growth that Garrets International has achieved in recent years.  I, the Board and staff of Garrets International are proud to receive this accolade, which is a great reward for the collective efforts invested in growing the company.”

Garrets International is the leading outsourced marine catering management company, established in 1991.  From offices in Romford and Singapore the company provides victualing and catering management services to a fleet of about 1,000 merchant ships and total crew of over 20,000.  As signified by the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, Garrets International is growing in terms of fleet management and, as a result, staff numbers are increasing and today total 40, with the majority recruited from the Greater Romford area.


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About Kester Capital
Kester Capital is a mid-market UK private equity firm investing in businesses with an enterprise value of £10-50 million. It was established in 2007 as Greenhill Capital Partners Europe, the European private equity arm of Greenhill & Co.

About Garrets

Garrets International (“Garrets”) is the global leader in outsourced marine catering management for the commercial shipping industry. Garrets manages approximately 1000 vessels on behalf of some of the largest names in world shipping. The market for outsourced marine catering management is in the early stages of development but is growing rapidly due to the increasing awareness of the benefits of outsourcing which include quality and cost control as well as crew welfare and regulatory compliance.