Queen’s Award for Nelson bike luggage firm

Carradice staff celebrating the Queen's honour. (S)
Carradice staff celebrating the Queen's honour. (S)

Pendle firm Carradice – the only “Made in England” manufacturer of quality bicycle luggage – is celebrating being named as winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. It is the UK’s highest accolade for business success.

Carradice of Nelson Ltd, based at Westmoreland Works in St Mary’s Street, received the award for International Trade. This was in recognition of increasing export sales year on year by 67% for the last three years.

Carradice is a family-owned business that has been designing and manufacturing bicycle bags for almost 90 years. The company grew from a humble back bedroom where Wilf Carradice made his first bags in the late 1920s. Still in Nelson and operating from their own dedicated factory, the company now exports to 30 different countries and these contribute 30% to total sales.

The company is headed up by managing director David Chadwick and his wife Janet. David said: “I am thrilled and very proud that Carradice has been recognised for its achievements in International trade. My thanks and congratulations extend to all the hard working and committed people who have worked for and with Carradice over the years. We have demonstrated that even with a relatively small niche brand like ours there are lucrative overseas markets out there to be tapped into and if we can do it, so can other enterprising small brands”.

Approximately 160 Queen’s Awards have been announced this year for outstanding business achievement in the fields of International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development. Winners of Queen’s Awards are invited to attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace. Awards are given annually by The Queen, and only given for highest levels of excellence in each category.