Marketplace retailer Rarewaves have been awarded the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the highest accolade for UK businesses.
The award in the ‘Enterprise in the International Trade’ category earned them a mention in the London Gazette, the UK’s official public record which traces it’s records back 350 years to 1665.
“Winning any award is always fantastic, but this one is something special. It gives the business, our wonderful team and the many stakeholders we work with the recognition they deserve. We never in our wildest dreams thought we would actually win, so we are obviously delighted.”
– Brad Aspess. Chairman, Rarewaves
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are highly competitive and awarded to businesses for outstanding achievement in four categories including International Trade, Innovation, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity, which recognises businesses that promote social mobility in their local community.
The award marks an incredible three years for Rarewaves, which saw their growth in international revenues increase by over 120%. Directors Brad Aspess and Rob Evans will attend a reception at Buckingham Palace in June. The accolade will be presented to the Rarewaves team at a ceremony by the Lord-Lieutenant of the County, The Queen’s local representative, later in the year.
“It’s an unbelievable achievement and we are extremely proud. The whole team has worked tirelessly to get us to this point, and we see this as only the beginning of what this incredible company can achieve.”
Rob Evans, Business Development Director, Rarewaves
If you run into Brad at any of the many ecommerce conferences he attends throughout the year, make sure you chat to him as his knowledge is amazing and the story of Rarewaves rise to International retailer is fascinating. Today they have facilities in Hampshire in the UK and Chicago in the US and are easily one of Tamebay’s £Million turnover readers (multiple times over).
Rarewaves, who are members of the Entertainment Retailers Association, sell entertainment based products including music, video, books, video games, electronics and apparel. You’ll find them on many marketplaces around the world including Amazon, eBay, Fnac, Rakuten and GAME.