Montrose connection to Queen’s Award

James Orkney meeting Her Majesty the Queen
James Orkney meeting Her Majesty the Queen

A Montrose-born man who manages a design consultancy firm is to be presented with a royal award - the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

James Orkney, managing director of Kinneir Dufort, will receive the prestigious award in the field of international trade.

Kinneir Dufort was selected in recognition of achieving sustained, high level exports of its design services overseas.

Mr Orkney, whose parents still live in Montrose, studied engineering at Strathclyde University, Glasgow.

He later trained in industrial design engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, London, before embarking on his career in the design industry.

He moved to Bristol-based Kinneir Dufort in 1987 and subsequently undertook a management buy-out of the company, which he has led since 1996.

He said: “Design creativity and technology development are fields where Britain has a great reputation across the world.

‘‘At Kinneir Dufort we have discovered that by integrating these together seamlessly, and combining them with user research and advanced prototyping, we have produced a rare and sought-after design capability.

“Certainly, as well as our established clients across the UK, we have found that companies from abroad increasingly want to tap into our uniquely harmonised research, design and engineering expertise too.

‘‘To receive the Queen’s Award is a fantastic recognition of the skills and achievements of our team in making this success possible.”

Following a reception hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, the award will be presented at the firm’s headquarters in Bristol by one of the Queen’s Lord Lieutenants.