Unimed receives Queen’s Award for Enterprise
One of 141 award winners under the International Trade category
Procurement agency Unimed has been officially presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade at a ceremony in its Leicester office.
In attendance were members of the council and dignitaries, as well as the Unimed team and their friends and family.
His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant was then welcomed by Managing Director of Unimed, Shameet Thakkar, for an introductory meeting and tour of Unimed’s offices.
The ceremony included a speech from His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant, followed by the presentation of the emblem and grant of appointment signed by the late Queen Elizabeth II and ex-prime minister Boris Johnson.
His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant said: “The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most coveted awards in the UK for businesses; they are only awarded to those who are truly outstanding in their field. There were only 141 Awards given out in 2022 under the International Trade category, and only 13 of those went to businesses in the East Midlands. This puts into perspective just how rare and exceptional Unimed’s performance has been.”
Unimed Founder, Shameet Thakkar, said: “Unimed’s culture is first and foremost rooted in the belief that everyone should have access to essential healthcare products, no matter their physical location in the world.
“We believe in changing the procurement model to operate in ways that entirely benefit those in need, an important part of which involves prioritising ethicality, transparency and reliability.”
He added: “Healthcare procurement is not just about providing emergency supplies when disasters strike or when health crises arise, but it’s also about minimising their impact, and without prevention, this becomes much more difficult.”