Facit Homes scoops award for their innovative approach
21 May, 2018
The innovative spirit of Islington-based homebuilder Facit Homes has received the royal seal of approval. The company has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s most respected accolade for businesses, in the ‘innovation’ category.
Facit Homes can take strong pride in picking up this award, which is world-renowned. It’s also a fitting tribute to the firm’s methods hailed by the award’s judges as “exceptionally efficient and environmentally respectful”.
Royal acclaim for a pioneer in homebuilding innovation
Each year, the Queen’s Awards are handed out to UK businesses in recognition of their outstanding achievement in categories which also include international trade, promoting opportunity and sustainable development, as outlined on the UK Government website.
Facit Homes was recognised for its construction of individually designed and high performing homes, a field in which it is now the UK’s leading company. Bruce Bell co-founded the company in 2007 out of frustration with the inconsistency and inefficiency of orthodox homebuilding methods.
Today, Facit Homes uses modern digital manufacturing to individually design and custom manufacture highly engineered systems and components. As a result, homes can be built more closely to customers’ specifications and assembled less chaotically.
The Queen’s Award judges particularly singled out praise for Facit Homes using a central digital design model for ensuring the perfect design and manufacture of every component, as Refurb & Developer Update notes. Also praised was the Facit Chassis, an advanced structural system allowing materials to be dispatched in flat sheet form and cut from a CNC machine’s digital files.
Not the only Islington winner of the Queen’s Award
Bell, the MD of Facit Homes, said that his company was “thrilled to have been awarded this most prestigious award”. He added: “Our innovation lies in the harnessing of technology to produce homes in a similar way to a product like a car or mobile phone – with certainties around quality and cost, and no mistakes or misinterpretations of design.”
He added: “It’s a great honour to be recognised by Her Majesty the Queen as a trailblazer in the homebuilding sector.” His staff will, in common with other Queen’s Award winners, have the opportunity to attend a Buckingham Palace reception to be held later this year and hosted by HM The Queen. Facit Homes could be joined there by another Islington-based company, SE10 – a PR firm which triumphed in the Queen’s Award international trade category.
SE10 partner Brian O’Sullivan enthused that the award “recognises our contribution to the country and a lay of respectability you can’t get anywhere else,” in words quoted by the Islington Gazette. He noted how quickly the company had grown from its modest beginnings in Kent, adding: “There’s a direct correlation between us moving to Islington and increasing sales and winning this award.”
With SE10 having been founded in 2002, it’s clear that both companies have spent time building solid financial foundations on which to develop. Insurance can be particularly crucial for helping ensure a company’s early financial security; an insurance broker can provide more information.