Two Newport businesses honoured with The King’s Award

The A J Wells family

Two Island companies have been awarded the King’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.

A J Wells and Stainless Games, both Newport-based, are two of 252 companies to receive the honour, which recognises outstanding British businesses.

A.J. Wells & Sons was established on the Isle of Wight in 1972, and remains a family business, employing 172 people. Renowned for designing and manufacturing Charnwood clean-burning wood stoves, Vlaze outdoor kitchens and innovative architectural vitreous enamel solutions. The company also famously make much of the signage and cladding for the iconic London Underground.

Operating extensively throughout Europe, and trading with South Africa, North America, Japan, and Australia, A.J. Wells & Sons are committed to productivity, sustainability, and fostering a supportive workplace environment. These principles serve as the driving force behind the company’s continued success and global reach.

Hugh Wells, managing director, said: “We are delighted to have received a King’s Award which recognises the amazing efforts of everyone in the team here at A.J. Wells & Sons. We have faced many challenges and uncertainties over the last few years, and as we highlighted in our application, it has been our faith in Jesus which has proved to be our rock. Our company objectives are to ‘transform Lives and delight Customers’, and this prestigious recognition hopefully demonstrates our progress towards these aims.”

Patrick Buckland

Stainless Games was founded in 1994, and is a videogame developer of international renown. Stainless employs more than 50 people on the Island and around 30 elsewhere. Over the last 30 years, Stainless has made games for some of the biggest companies in the world, including Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Hasbro.

Patrick Buckland, Stainless founder and CEO, said: “We created Stainless back in 1994 with the intention of bringing high-tech employment to the Isle of Wight by doing what we love: making video games. We started with eight staff and have since grown to over 80, and have made games for most of the biggest companies in the world as well as selling our own products globally. In doing so, we bring tens of millions into the UK economy whilst providing enjoyment to people the world over. This is our thirtieth year in business and we’re very proud to mark the occasion with this King’s Award.”

The rewards were renamed last year to reflect King Charles’ wish to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth. Both companies can use the prestigious King’s Awards Emblem for the next five years.