Queen's Award Focus: JMDA Design

Fri 12 Jul 2019
Posted by: Sam Pileggi

JMDA celebrating

Worcestershire business JMDA Design has won the Award in the International Trade category in recognition for their outstanding contribution to child car seat safety globally.

Winning a Queen’s Award for International Trade 2019 is the pinnacle of the last 28 years of innovative product design, with over 95 car seats having been designed by JMDA to date. Building a reputation for designing children’s car safety seats, which strive to increase safety and reduce serious injury in road traffic accidents, has enabled JMDA to become a global leader in the Child Restraint System (CRS) industry. Demonstrating impressive growth over the last three years, award-winning, British product design agency JMDA has offices in Worcestershire (UK), Shanghai (China) and Badia Polesine (Italy).

Derrick Barker, Creative and Managing Director at JMDA Design explains what winning a Queen’s Award means to the team saying, “We were all overwhelmed when the news of our Queen’s Award was announced! Our journey started in 1991 when I began the business with my wife Cherril Barker, who is the Marketing and Finance Director at JMDA. Of course, the landscape of child car seat design was very different back then, but our commitment to child safety has never changed and we’re delighted to now be designing our 95th child car seat.” He adds, “It really is a team effort at JMDA and winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2019 for International Trade makes me extremely proud of everything we’ve achieved over the years. Our dedication to the industry is now even stronger than ever!”


The Queen’s Award can be displayed for up to five years and, being from Her Majesty, is regarded as one of the most exclusive and prestigious awards for a UK company to win.

Applications for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2020 are now open and close on 10 September 2019. They are free to enter, and it is a self-nominating process. Winners in the International Trade category receive a year's FREE membership to the IOE&IT.

For more information and to apply, visit: www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise.