Authentication company SecurEnvoy was presented with the Queen's Award for Enterprise for Innovation at the Infosecurity Europe exhibition in London.


With transport minister Theresa Villiers MP arriving at the exhibition specifically to present the award, the Berkshire-based company were named as one of the few elite British companies to win a Queen's Award. The award entitles SecurEnvoy to use the Queen's Awards emblem on all their marketing for five years.


SecurEnvoy was set up in 2003 after the co-founders recognised a gap in the marketplace for tokenless two-factor authentication using SMS technology. They then began their business with preliminary coding and testing in their own labs based in their garages, convinced with the idea that users were after an easy alternative to tokens for two-factor authentication. They devised a unique concept enabling a cost-effective two-factor authentication solution relying on SMS technology providing encryption anywhere, any place on any mobile device.


Andrew Kemshall, technical director and co-founder of SecurEnvoy, said: “This is the happiest day of our lives. Running any business has its ups and downs but at last we really feel that our efforts have been recognised which is thanks to the quality of people and the experience within the company, as well as a truly loyal and dedicated customer following.


“As far as we are aware we are the first IT security company to have won this and it is about wanting to embrace authentication and wanting to innovate. We set this up at the highest level and it is now required at the highest level and it makes us proud to be British.


Steve Watts, co founder and sales director at SecurEnvoy, said: “We are very proud to have received this award, especially as there are literally just a handful of home-grown IT security companies in the UK. It's also means so much to us to be able to help shape the way of security for potentially millions of people now looking for authentication, not only in the UK, but right across the globe with as much business being done outside of the UK than within it.


“We started in our own backyard first and having this name is great for us overseas. It means so much for us so we are very proud.”


Theresa Villiers MP, said: “This is a tremendous achievement. SecurEnvoy have worked really hard and it is good to see a UK-based company in the information security sector win this and that is brilliant in the global economy.”