A world-class Petersfield business formed in a farm barn

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A HARD-WORKING team has been right royally praised for creating a world-class business from a farm in Petersfield – and for winning a prestigious Queen’s Award.

Bosses at Feefo Ltd were presented with business’s most coveted award by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson, at a ceremony at their offices in a converted barn at Heath Farm on Monday.

Feefo’s chief executive officer Andrew Mabbutt and chief commercial officer Matt Eames heaped gratitude and praise on to staff in their acceptance speeches.

The company – which provides software platforms for providing trusted customer reviews for thousands of top brands – has won in the innovation category, and has achieved what the Lord-Lieutenant called “a remarkable success story” in its seven years, with “staggering” growth revenue.

This has increased this year by 89 per cent, giving Feefo a £6m turnover.

“East Hampshire should rightly be proud of you as we are in the rest of Hampshire,” said Mr Atkinson.

He urged the company, which can now fly a Queen’s Award flag and use its logo on stationery, to make the most of the plaudit in its marketing and to clients.

Mr Mabbutt told the gathered employees, who enjoyed a glass of champagne and a cake decorated with the Queen’s Award logo: “You have made us a world class business and an incredible story from a farm in Hampshire.

“None of this would have been possible without each and every one of you.”

Mr Eames added that it was a “hell of an exciting” year ahead, with the award the “crowning glory” of the 14 awards Feefo currently had in its trophy cabinet.

“You have all played a part in achieving this wonderful award,” he said.

Chairman of East Hampshire District Council Lynn Evans, her consort David Evans, and deputy Lord-Lieutenant David Frere-Cooke were also special guests, and made a tour of Feefo’s offices and greeted staff, before the presentation.