Mobility design experts win second Queen’s Award for Enterprise
A major Warwickshire-based product design consultancy, which has conceived various products for the mobility and healthcare sector, has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the second time.
Helping design products across a wide spectrum of industries, including orthopaedic, rehabilitation and mobility, DCA Design International is one of the largest private employers in the county and has worked with mobility suppliers on projects in the industry.
In 2005, the Warwickshire design specialists were approached by Sunrise Medical to design a new, range mobility scooters for the European market, undertaking all the research, development and design.
As reported in the Leamington Observer, the prestigious award was presented to the company by Lord-Lieutenant of Warwickshire Timothy Cox in recognition of its achievements in international trade.
Described as one of the most prestigious awards for UK business by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise celebrates achievements of UK businesses in innovation, international trade, promoting opportunity and sustainable development.
First winning the award in 2012, DCA Design says there has been a rise in the demand for connected devices from its customers, with the company increasing its digital skills base.
Robert Woolston, Managing Director DCA Design, told the Leamington Observer: “We employ mechanical engineers and industrial designers, but there has been an increase in the number of hardware electronic and software engineers, which illustrates how products and systems have developed to reflect an increased connected and digital content over the last few years.”
This trend has seen a rise across the board in the mobility industry, as the internet of things drives more products to connect seamlessly with other devices such as smartphones.
According to the company, much of its growth is attributed to exporting its product innovation to multinationals across the world, with key markets including China and India.