Verifile Meets Royalty!
Our founder and CEO Eyal Ben Cohen and Sales and Marketing Director Paul Gleave, met with royalty on Tuesday.
The reception at Buckingham Palace celebrated the 2019 winners of the Queen's Award for Enterprise. The award winners are recognised as leading British brands, and Verifile is delighted to be part of this prestigious list. Verifile won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade for an outstanding and sustainable growth in overseas sales over the past six years. Read the full story of why we won the Queen’s Award.
This year's winners gathered yesterday at Buckingham Palace for a reception hosted to mark their achievements. Paul Gleave reports on the event:
Arriving at the Dominion Gates of Buckingham Palace, Eyal and I met with our first hurdle of the day. Eyal’s daughters had been playing with is wallet, as daughters always do, and had removed his cards... Without an ID, entry to the Palace through the historic black and golden gates required more than a little persuasion and inventiveness!
Walking through the interior open courtyard and then entering the palace via the red carpet, we already felt special. Onwards to the opulent Green Drawing Room with its ceiling dripping with chandeliers we were welcomed by smiling house staff before they speedily offered to secure our mobile phones, which are not allowed inside the palace. It then struck me only one door separated us from the Throne Room!
We then climbed the circular staircase to collect our name badges and were led through to the Picture Gallery which includes paintings from famous artists such as Rubens, and also to the Council Room where the doors where swung open for us to look out to the Terrace and the Palace gardens.
Rubbing shoulders with MPs and Lords, we also mingled with other winners and jointly discussed our achievements. Throughout the evening we were joined by Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Eugenie of York.
We drank lots of champagne and consumed many hors d'oeuvres, which were both constantly being offered by the ever-attentive staff. Never a good thing to outstay your welcome, especially when at the Palace the staff graciously escorted us out at about 8:20. After taking a few selfies outside we made headway for home to prepare for another year of export success.