Focus SB has been honoured with the first ever King’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.

Focus SB is one of 148 organisations nationally to be recognised with a prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise. Announced today, Focus SB has been recognised for its excellence in international trade. A total of 149 Awards are made with one company being recognised with two Awards.

Employing 65 people, Focus SB Ltd was set up in 2000 and is a manufacturer of wiring devices. In 2017 the company made history in its industry when it became the first and only European manufacturer to gain CQC factory accreditation to supply and sell wiring accessories directly from Europe to mainland China, also gaining full CCC licence for all of its products for the Chinese marketplace

Gary Stevens, Managing Director says: “Winning the King's Award for Enterprise is not only an endorsement of the hard work that we have done in building our export market, but it is also one of the highest accolades a business can achieve." 

Mr Stevens continues: "To provide some perspective, only two companies from East Sussex were awarded the title in 2022, and only one of those was for International Trade. I’m thrilled that this year sees us flying the flag for East Sussex! For an SME like Focus SB, this award could potentially help to support our strategy for global reach and accelerate our growth in overseas markets, future proofing our business.

“Focus SB looks set to provide real prospects to resident job seekers in the local community and Hastings area, which is one of the more deprived coastal towns in Sussex, despite being one of the richest in culture and diversity.” 

The King’s Awards for Enterprise was previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, and the new name reflects His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s by recognising outstanding UK businesses. The Award programme, now in its 57th year, is the most prestigious business award in the country, with successful businesses able to use the esteemed King’s Awards Emblem for the next five years.

Applications for King’s Awards for Enterprise 2024 open on His Majesty The King’s Coronation, 6th May 2023. For more information, visit

Image Simon Booth PhotographyFocus SB senior management team from left to right: Steve Moss, Duncan Ray, Mark Curtis, Val Chandler, Gary Stevens (MD), Andrew Lanworn, Jo Cloute, Rob Little, Chris Turner

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