Blackpool based TISS Ltd are celebrating having won the Queens Award for Enterprise – the UK’s most prestigious Business Award.
The company, which employs 12 staff at Lytham Road, received the Award for its exceptional growth in International Trade which has seen exports rise from 13 per cent to 45 per cent of the company’s turnover in just three years.
The Queens Award for Enterprise is an annual accolade approved by the Queen under the recommendation of the Prime Minister.
TISS is a family run company founded in 2001 by father and son Brian and Ryan Wholey, former Hauliers searching for solutions to address the real-life security issues they faced operating their own haulage company.
TISS’ international success is down to their market-leading range of TankSafe Fuel Security Devices, such as the TankSafe ‘Impregnable’ Fuel Security and Safety Device - which completely prevents any siphoning, skimming and overfilling of fuel.
The current advanced engineered TankSafe Devices have developed from the humble beginnings of an early prototype based on a baked bean tin with holes drilled into the bottom.
From this primitive concept, the product has evolved substantially with each new design launch.
The device is now patented in 39 territories globally.
TISS’ international adventure began in part as a consequence of the downturn in UK truck sales in 2009.
Looking for alternative sales avenues, they began to research and exploit export opportunities.
Since TISS’ early international forays, the expansion has been rapid; they now boast offices or distributors in over 40 major territories around the world including Mexico, South Africa, Germany and UAE.
TISS’ Managing Director, Ryan Wholey, was equally as thrilled. “When we started the business we knew it had huge potential. However, we never envisaged being in a position that we would be receiving the UK’s highest business award.”
The directors have expansion plans over the next three years to enter into 16 new major territories.