Premium womenswear retailer Phase Eight has received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, one of the UK’s most prestigious business accolades, in recognition of its “exceptional international growth”.

Phase Eight known for its occasional wear has been recognised for building upon its customer base in the UK and Ireland with more than 100 stores and concessions across 12 international markets in Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Australia, both standalone, and in combination with strong local partners, at the point of nomination.

Since being nominated, the womenswear retailer has continued to expand and has opened a further 30 points of sale in international markets including Hong Kong, Mexico and the USA, where a partnership has been established with Bloomingdales.

Phase Eight chief executive officer, Ben Barnett, said: “It is an honour to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, which represents a further step on our journey to becoming a leading global brand. I am immensely proud of all that the Phase Eight team and our partners have achieved and very much look forward to building further partnerships in new and existing markets in the years ahead.”

The Queen’s Awards are currently celebrating their 50th anniversary as the most coveted commercial prize in business, and this year it honoured 105 businesses with awards for international trade, 24 for innovation and 12 for sustainable development. All winners, including Phase Eight will be able to use the Queen’s Award Emblem as a symbol of quality and success for a period of five years.

 

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