The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade

HDR | Andrew Reid has been recognised with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its excellence in International Trade. 

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the UK. The awards were first established in 1965 and since then only around 7000 companies have received this accolade.

The awards celebrate the success of exciting and innovative businesses which are leading the way with pioneering products or services, delivering impressive social mobility programmes or showing their commitment to excellent sustainable development practices.

We’re honoured to have received this prestigious accolade, and here we outline the hard work which has contributed to our success…

Establishing International Trade Locations

HDR | Andrew Reid has worked internationally for very many years in diverse locations such as the Falkland Islands, the Cayman Islands, Russia and India. However, over the past eight years, the extent to which we work internationally has grown exponentially and has facilitated new companies being opened in Denmark, The Netherlands, Singapore and Australia.

The acquisition of Andrew Reid by HDR Inc. of Omaha, USA in 2019 has opened up new opportunities in global export markets in the Americas – where the perception of the importance of the commissioning of building engineering services is still maturing. This exciting new partnership gives us wider access to sectors that would benefit from the commissioning work we do; such as process engineering, transport, water distribution and aviation.

Growing on a Global Scale

Exporting our specialist services is crucially important to us. Over the last three years we have witnessed outstanding year-on-year growth, consistently beating our target revenue and profitability. In June 2019, over 60% of our revenue related to projects outside of the United Kingdom with the major share of our critical team performance in Europe, where our top five overseas markets include Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Ireland.

This trajectory is one that we continue to grow and develop with plans to expand our commissioning management, validation and QA/QC services in Europe, AsiaPac America and Australia in the coming years.

Strengthening Global Growth in Business Critical Engineering

The past decade has seen significant growth in critical engineering, particularly for facilities where the proper functioning of the building services systems is business-critical and this includes our work associated with internet data and internet services.

HDR | Andrew Reid was commissioned to work on its first data centre in 2000. However our watershed moment came in January 2012 when we secured the first in a series of appointments in commissioning of what we now know as hyper-scale data centres for a global technology giant.

Since then, our company has grown by a factor of eight and we have completed many more data centres in Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark, cementing our reputation as the leading specialist in the commissioning of data centres. 

As we see it, the demand for the internet services and data centres connecting you and your teams whether that’s on video conference meetings, keeping in touch with family on FaceTime, socialising and sharing on Facebook and WhatsApp or finding the answers on Google, will only continue to grow, especially in light of the 2020 Coronavirus outbreak. Even if that demand plateaus, there will be a need for refurbishment to address the new technologies deployed to support earlier internet infrastructures. As a result, comprehensive commissioning and operational risk management are likely to be critical markets for us for many years to come.

Our ambition for the future is that HDR | Andrew Reid becomes the go-to, specialist engineering consultancy for the efficient commissioning  of buildings and the risk management associated with building operations and data centres for leading technology businesses and industry across the globe. The essential cog in the huge machine of internet data that keeps global society running. 

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