Oil and gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) was honoured to welcome HM Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, The Countess of Verulam, to the company’s official open day and Queens Award presentation on 27th November 2014.
The open day was attended by more than 70 guests that included OMS employees, contractors and customers. On arriving at OMS’ new premises at the M11 Business Link in Stansted, The Countess of Verulam was given a guided tour of the facilities. Guests enjoyed a champagne reception before congregating outside the front of the building, with The Queens Award flag proudly on display.
The Countess of Verulam then presented The Queens Award for Enterprise Innovation 2014 to Denise Smiles, CEO of OMS, before cutting the ribbon to mark the official opening of the company’s new premises.
In her speech to guests, The Countess of Verulam praised OMS and its staff for their outstanding efforts over the last few years. She recalled: “When I visited OMS’ offices in Bishops Stortford back in 2007 to present the company with its first Queens Award for Enterprise, the business was much smaller with fewer than 10 employees. The transformation of this business over the last seven years has been truly remarkable. Not only is the business continuing to grow very rapidly, but to win a Queens Award for the second time is a tremendous achievement.”
Denise Smiles, CEO at OMS, then echoed The Countess’ thoughts: “Everyone at OMS is honoured to receive this Award and I would personally like to thank every single OMS employee for their hard work and dedication over the last seven years. The continued success of this business is down to your individual and collective efforts.”
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is the UK’s most prestigious Award for business performance, recognising and rewarding outstanding achievement by UK companies. The Innovation category is for continuous innovation and development, sustained over not less than five years to levels that are outstanding for the size of a company’s operations. OMS received a Queens Award for Innovation for its SmartFit™ service, a system for managing pipe preparation and fit-up in readiness for welding prior to pipelaying. This is the second time that OMS has received a Queens Award for Enterprise Innovation, the first being in 2007.
Founded in 2006, OMS is a privately held company based in Stansted with 45 employees. The company also has an office in Houston, Texas, USA. Since 2006, OMS has grown company sales revenues by at least 100% per year – with around 90% of annual turnover from overseas customers.