Jaguar Land Rover received a 2014 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade, from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Midlands, Mr Paul Chandrasekharan Sabapathy CBE. The award, which reflects JLR’s sales success, was accepted by Dr Ralf Speth, the company’s CEO.
Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata, and Tata’s Group Chairman Mr Cyrus Mistry, together with representatives of Jaguar Land Rover’s 30,000 employees received the award. The business’ outstanding overseas sales growth is reflected in the rise from 274,280 vehicles sold in 2011 to the 425,006 vehicles sold in 2013.
Exports account for more than 80% of all the vehicles which Jaguar Land Rover produces at its three UK manufacturing plants. The company’s largest export regions are mainland Europe, North America and China, together accounting for 60% of all export sales. Over the last three years, Jaguar Land Rover has created 11,000 new jobs and it is estimated that these will create an additional 24,000 positions in the supply chain.
Commenting on the award, Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, said: ‘Our success, driven by global exports to over 170 countries, is thanks to our dedicated and passionate employee. The Queen’s Award is one of the most important awards for British businesses.’