HRH The Princess Royal presents Henry Poole & Co with the Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade

Yesterday Henry Poole & Co was proud to receive Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, who presented the company with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade; an award it views as the most prestigious business award in the UK.

The award was presented as a crystal bowl depicting the Queen’s Award Emblem.

Henry Poole & Co, est. 1806, is the longest standing bespoke tailor on Savile Row, often referred to as the founder of Savile Row itself. Every suit is made in the workshops below No 15 and No 16 Savile Row whether it be livery for Buckingham Palace or The Royal Mews, a Churchill pinstripe three-piece destined for the boardroom or a tailcoat cut for a Mansion House banquet.

Her Royal Highness was escorted through the Henry Poole & Co’s show room, workshop and the archive where the ledgers of Queen Victoria, The Princess of Wales, Empress of Russia and the Empress of the French, were on display.

The house has held a Royal Warrant to produce livery for the Royal household since 1869 and made garments for the likes of Winston Churchill, Charles Dickins, Dr Livingstone, Tsar Alexander II of Russia, J.P. Morgan and Emperor Hirohito of Japan.

70% of Henry Poole & Co’s sales are from International trade with trips to the USA, Japan and Europe. Last year total sales were up over 8%, demonstrating the strength of the company in a difficult market.

Angus Cundey, Chairman of Henry Poole & Co, “We are extremely honoured to host Her Royal Highness to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. Henry Poole & Co has been exporting its trade and craft for over a century and is thrilled to be witnessing resurgence in the British male fashion industry.”