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Chard businessman gets royal approval
7:00pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
A WELL-known Chard businessman has received his MBE medal after being honoured in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
Christopher Duncan, managing director and founder of Numatic International, where the iconic Henry vacuum cleaner began life, was awarded the MBE for services to international business in June.
He has always maintained that though awarded specifically to him the MBE is recognition of all Numatic staff’s unstinting and dedicated attention to the manufacture and sales of the company’s products.
Mr Duncan has now been formally presented with his MBE medal by the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, at the investiture at Windsor Castle this month.
He said: “I was absolutely delighted to receive the MBE and it was indeed a pleasure to meet the Princess Royal, who showed an amazing level of interest in the activities of all those who were receiving awards.”
Numatic was founded in 1969 in Crewkerne, where its first commercial vacuum cleaner design for cleaning coal, oil and gas-fired boilers was produced.
At that time the company employed just six people in a small factory, but over the years it has developed and moved to Yeovil in 1971, Beaminster in 1974 and its current Chard location in 1990.
In 1995, subsidiary companies near Paris and Johannesburg were established, with bases in Germany and the Netherlands added in 2002 and 2004, while Numatic remains one of the key employers in Chard.
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