A WORCESTERSHIRE company has scooped another award.

Earlier this year the Smart Actuator Company (SmartAct), which has offices at Advantage Business Park in Spring Lane, Malvern, received a Queens Award.

The firm has now been crowned the winners of the Judges Choice Midlands Family Business of 2017, quickly followed by then being awarded the highest accolade of the National Family Business Awards at Wembley - the RBC UK and Ireland National Family Business of the Year.

Established in 2011 by Tony and James O’Donnell SmartAct has two generations currently working within their business which is revolutionising the world of industrial valves and actuation.

The O’Donnell family already had 20 years of experience in light manufacturing in family business BITS Computers.

“Our family values are very much at the heart of everything we do and we are proud to be flying the flag for family businesses all over the UK and Ireland.

"We were amazed and excited to be shortlisted as regional winners” Tony O’Donnell, chief executive officer of The Smart Actuator Company said.

“To have won the Midlands Award came as a surprise but we could never have imagined we would then end the night by winning the National award.

"The business entered into these awards at a time when we were being told to be ‘less family, more business’.

"Instead we decided to ignore that advice and actually celebrate being a family business.

"We hoped entering the awards would show the team just how great they are and that a family business from Malvern really can do great things globally.

"Winning was simply unbelievable”.

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