On Friday afternoon the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq, and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Tim Weale Esq attended the offices of Furlong Business Solutions to make the formal presentation of the Queens Award for Enterprise for International Trade 2017. Joining MD Howard Langley and his staff were the Mayor and Mayoress of Test Valley, Cllr Borg-Neal and Mrs Neal, and North-West Hampshire MP, Mr Kit Malthouse.
Furlong received the award for demonstrating six years of sustained growth in international sales. In 2003, Howard Langley founded the business, which soon concentrated on producing and supporting a Management Information System, SchoolBase, for the education sector. The company has grown steadily and now employs 40 people in its Andover office as well as 8 staff overseas. Over 280 schools, academies, UTC’s and international schools now use Furlong products, with the main overseas areas being Europe, the Middle East, South-East Asia and South America.
Before the actual presentation, the Lord Lieutenant and the guests spent some time meeting members of staff and talking to them about their roles in the business. It was a great privilege to see so many distinguished guests in the office and we really appreciate the time they gave and the interest they showed in the business.
On receiving the award, Howard Langley said how honoured he felt that his company had gained such a prestigious award and thanked his staff for all their hard work which had been such an important contribution to the success. He hoped that Furlong would go on to achieve further Awards in the future. The staff are now looking forward to September, when there will be a Furlong ‘day out’ to the Isle of Wight in recognition of their achievement.