Design agency Lumsden has won a coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise*. Her Majesty The Queen announced the 2017 winners today [April 21 2017].
The design business, based in London’s Clerkenwell, won the Queen’s Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth. It has seen its overseas sales almost triple in just three years.
Founded in 2010, Lumsden first established itself as a leader in designing retail environments for museums, galleries and visitor attractions in the UK.
Its compelling retail designs are at the British Museum, National Theatre, Abbey Road Studios, Tate Modern and the Harry Potter shops at Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter, King’s Cross Station’s Platform 9¾, and, most recently, the theatre production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
After deciding to export its expertise, its three-year 177 per cent growth in international sales has been driven by projects including New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Harry Potter attractions in Florida and California, National Gallery of Canada, Vienna’s Belvedere and Moscow’s Museum of Cosmonautics.
Rapid growth in commissions on three continents have driven Lumsden’s international sales to nearly 90 per cent of its turnover. This remarkable achievement has established Lumsden nationally and internationally as a world leader in its field for cultural and entertainment destinations, crossing cultural and language barriers, with a reputation for excellence and innovation.
Co-founder and director Callum Lumsden said his nine-strong team is thrilled to win the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: “It’s brilliant that together we have built another tremendous success story for British design being valued all over the world.
“When you ally hugely creative talent with clients who want their shops to be unlike any others, they are truly immersive experiences which form an enjoyable and memorable part of the visitor experience.
“Our designs are judged not just for their visual impact but for their success in generating vital revenue which is reinvested in acquisitions, new exhibitions, employment, culture and the community they are located in.”
*The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious business awards, given to companies or individuals who are outstanding in their field. International Trade winners have demonstrated that their business has achieved substantial growth in overseas earnings and in commercial success through either outstanding achievement over three years or continuous achievement over six years.