It’s awarded to only a handful of companies each year, but Warwick Music Group can now boast their invention the pBone has Royal approval following their visit to Buckingham Palace.
British musicians and entrepreneurs Steven Greenall and Chris Fower were invited to Buckingham Palace to attend a reception to honour organisations receiving The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, recognised worldwide for the outstanding achievements of UK businesses. There they met HRH Prince Charles and discussed the impact of the development of pBone.
“Our aim was simple – to create a quality instrument to make the joy of music accessible and fun, to help more people to enjoy making music together – and to be able to start at whatever age they might choose,”Steven Greenall
Since first going on sale in late 2010, more than 250,000 of the brightly coloured, light-weight instruments have been sold becoming the largest-selling trombone worldwide. Several retailers have reported that 80% of trombones sold are now manufactured in recyclable ABS plastic.
“Receiving the Queen’s Award for pBone – and being able to discuss it with HRH The Prince of Wales at the Palace – is fantastic recognition for everyone in Britain and worldwide including musicians, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts who helped the idea become a reality.
We believe in the transformational power of music and that everyone should have the opportunity to make music. By thinking differently, we have made a real difference in the world; we are delighted that the passion, creativity and hard work of our small team has been recognised.”
The company’s success in world markets has also resulted in Warwick Music Group being designated an Export Champion for the UK. The UK’s Department for International Trade’s ‘Exporting is Great’ campaign encourages UK businesses to look to worldwide markets. Warwick Music Group has increased its export sales by more than 12% in just 12 months targeting its principal export markets of North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. The brass and wind instrument company is also working with British Consuls to help increase awareness and sales of its innovative instruments.