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Diss tech firm, bf1systems, earns royal approval with King’s Award for Enterprise

A company, which supplies the likes of Formula 1, IndyCar, Aston Martin, Bugatti and Ferrari, has been given a King’s Award for Enterprise.

bf1systems in Diss, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, has been recognised for its innovation as a leading electronics provider for the motorsport, automotive, marine, off-highway and aerospace industries.

James Welham, managing director of the Owen Road firm, said the award was a great way to celebrate three decades of business.

Staff members James Shingleton, Carl Parker, Simon Roberts, Carl Prentice and Paul Clark. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Staff members James Shingleton, Carl Parker, Simon Roberts, Carl Prentice and Paul Clark. Picture: Mark Bullimore

We pride ourselves on committing to innovation in everything we do, being courageous and having fun,” he said.

“The award proves to our people, our customers and our partners that we do provide that competitive advantage.”

Founded in 1994, bf1systems has 180 members of staff worldwide, with 100 of those in the UK.

It success stories include engineering and manufacturing the steering wheel for the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar and the Porsche 992 GT3 R. It has also supplied tyre pressure systems for Formula 1 cars and the Bugatti Veyron and Chiron.

The company says it uses the equivalent length of wire in its wiring harnesses annually to lap the Silverstone GP circuit 16 times.

The King’s Awards for Enterprise, which was previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, is now in its 58th year.

The accolade is one of the most prestigious business awards in the country, with successful businesses able to use the esteemed King’s Awards Emblem for the next five years.

This is not the first award the company has won this year, having been crowned Employer of the Year in the South Norfolk Business Awards.

The judges were impressed by the outstanding level of support, development and benefit initiatives the business gives its staff.

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