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Newport firm named UK’s Most Outstanding Business by the British Chambers of Commerce

01 December 2010

A pioneering Newport company has been named the UK’s Most Outstanding Business by the British Chambers of Commerce. Abriox Limited, based in Imperial Park, scooped the top £25,000 prize, sponsored by RBS and NatWest, for its innovative oil and gas pipeline monitoring system MERLIN, which now checks all the UK’s gas pipelines for corrosion.

Established in 2005, it now has a US subsidiary and its products are installed on all five continents. The award-winning business also won the UK’s Business of the Year award, sponsored by Westfield Health. Last year it picked up the top national award for Achievement in International Business.

Neville Reyner, President of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Abriox is a great example of a passionate young company which has taken its own brilliant idea and nurtured and developed it into an internationally-renowned product.

“Its work not only saves precious energy and has economic and environmental benefits, it’s also unique and I’m sure the business will go strength to strength.”

Abriox MD Neil Summers commented: “Everyone at Abriox is thrilled. We felt we had a good chance of winning, though we are a relatively young company, having created a growing, high-tech engineering business, despite the UK recession.

“This award will be a real boost to for staff as it recognises their contribution – and tells our customers worldwide that are dealing with a truly excellent company. Hopefully we can be a role model for the UK’s aspiring young engineers!”

Shown here: Neil Summers, left, receives the prize with co-director Paul Hales, right

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