Lintbells, a manufacturer in premium natural pet supplements and two-time recipient of the Queen’s Award, recently received a royal visit by HRH The Princess Royal. The visit to Lintbells’ Head Office in Weston, Hertfordshire, was to mark the expansion of the business, significant local employment and charitable work achieved during the pandemic.
Over the past 18 months, the business boosted local employment, with more than half (50 percent) of the Lintbells team being employed during COVID 19 (March 2020 – July 2021), including a number of graduate trainee and apprenticeship positions. The team which was originally 60 people has now grown to 120.
The royal visit gave the Lintbells team an opportunity to meet HRH The Princess Royal and talk through many of the business and charity initiatives the company is running both locally, nationally and internationally, including the UK and USA.
Some of the initiatives include the #RescueYourRescue programme to support UK and US rescue centres in the height of the pandemic and the #ThankYouDogs’ campaign, which recognised the huge contribution the nation’s dogs gave to their families throughout the pandemic.
Key attendees joining Dr John Howie DL, CEO, Lintbells Ltd to welcome HRH The Princess Royal included HM Deputy Lieutenant Anthony Chapman, leading Sea Cadet, Holly Allen, and The Rt Hon Sir Oliver Heald QC MP, Member of Parliament for North East Hertfordshire. Also present were Cllr. Elizabeth Dennis-Harburg, Vice Chair of North Herts District Council, Ian Fullstone, Deputy MD of North Herts District Council. John Davies, Lintbells Co-founder and Ben Long, Company Director, Lintbells Ltd.
HRH The Princess Royal unveiled a commemorative plaque presented by Dr John Howie. Outstanding Contribution Awards were presented to Louise Quinn, Darren Spavins, Katie Govier, Charlotte Kingsley, Amanda Smith and Rebecca Davies to recognise their long-term service and dedication to supporting the company’s development and mission to give pets an active life for life.
John Howie, CEO and co-founder of Lintbells, said: “We were delighted to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to Lintbells. It was a tremendous honour to receive her visit, and our team was extremely excited to meet HRH The Princess Royal. After so many months of working from home, it was an excellent way to bring the team together and receive such incredible recognition.”
The visit was rounded off by the presentation of flowers and a hamper of Lintbells products for HRH The Princess Royal’s own horses and dogs.