The Queen’s Awards are a highly respected mark of excellence, and are the highest honour that can be given to a British business.
For the category of International Trade, a company must ‘demonstrate substantial and sustained increase in export earnings, to a level which is outstanding for the size of the organisation’.
The awards are made on the advice of the Prime Minister, and are conferred by the Queen on her Birthday (21 April).
Already the number one travel search site in Europe, Skyscanner opened an Asia-Pacific office in Singapore in 2011 to capitalise on the strong growth in the region where the group has recorded traffic increases of up to 400 per cent in key markets.
Gareth Williams, CEO and cofounder of Skyscanner commented:
“I am delighted that Skyscanner has been recognised with the Queen’s Award. We join some great names in the world of British business who have achieved this accolade. 2011 was another fantastic year for us, one of the highlights being the opening of our Singapore office in September. From this base we continue to target the fastest growing travel markets in Asia-Pacific.
And while we are excited to be growing the business across the world, we are also very proud to have built Skyscanner from Edinburgh. We have over 30 different nationalities working for us and these two factors – our base and our mix of people with their understanding of different languages and cultures – have been a great advantage for us when building market position in Europe and now Asia.
Looking to the immediate future, our objective is to become the number one in global travel search in the next year or so.”
Bon Grimes, one of the three founding members of Skyscanner, will be attending the award ceremony to officially collect the accolade at Buckingham Palace later this year.
The award joins a host of other accolades recently received by Skyscanner including: The Deloitte Technology Fast 50, Travel Marketing Awards, Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For, and the Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track.