22 April 2014

Dawnus International Ltd has been named a winner of a 2014 Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the UK’s highest accolade for business success.

Dawnus received the Award for International Trade in recognition of our success in delivering major civil engineering schemes in Africa since 2010. Our international turnover increased from £14.2m in 2010 to £86.3m in 2012, and since beginning work in Africa we have provided employment and training opportunities to over 1,500 local people.

“It is an honour for Dawnus to be recognised by the Queen’s Awards,” said Managing Director, Andy Peters. “The Award reflects the hard work our team have put in to successfully win and deliver projects overseas, and the difference we are making to communities in West Africa.”

Dawnus Construction was established in 2001 and has been carrying out civil engineering and construction works since its inception. Dawnus International began carrying out its first project in Africa, a major rail refurbishment project in Sierra Leone, in 2010.

Dawnus has offices in Bangor and Swansea, and currently employs 900 people in the UK and over 1200 in Africa. We invest in training and developing all our employees both at home and abroad, and we have provided our African workforce with skills training to European standards in a number of trade disciplines.

Major successes in Sierra Leone include our work for African Minerals Ltd at Tonkolili Iron Ore Mine and for London Mining PLC at Marampa Iron Ore Mine. In Senegal we carried out the Grande Côte project in support of titanium and zircon mining, and in early 2014 we began working at the Mount Coffee Hydroelectric Dam in Liberia.

Approximately 160 Queen’s Awards have been announced this year for outstanding business achievement in the fields of International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development.

Winners of The Queen’s Awards can expect an invitation to attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace. They can also use The Queen’s Award Emblem in advertising, marketing and on packaging for a period of five years as a symbol of their quality and success.

The awards are made annually by HM The Queen, and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category.