Horus Music wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Tue, 02 May 2017 17:00:00 BST

Horus Music was named as one of the 176 companies to win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The company was awarded this prize for outstanding achievement in International Trade. Alumnus Nick Dunn established Horus Music in 2006 and now employs several graduates from the School of Music, Humanities and Media and the School of Computing and Engineering. Horus is also a regular placement provider for Music Technology students, some of which have been invited back for full time roles.

Horus Music is a global music distribution and label services company and now works with over 800 music download and streaming platforms.

Nikki Halliwell completed a placement at the company in 2013 and was invited back into the role of ‘Digital Marketing Executive’ once she had graduated. She said, “Our CEO, Nick, was a graduate of the University, gaining two degrees and a Masters, so had connections with the University already. As a result this was the first place he thought of when looking for people to assist him with the running of the business and to offer students the experience they needed. 

"The fact that there are so many of us who are graduates of the University of Huddersfield does mean that we all have a mutual understanding of key areas and have similar levels of experience. When we combine that with the skills and guidance from the rest of the team it really makes a difference and is reflected back in the work that we do. The Queen's Award is recognition of our team effort.”

The Queen's Award for Enterprise is awarded annually as part of the Queen’s birthday celebrations. It can be awarded for Achievement in Innovation, International Trade, Promoting Opportunity and Sustainable Development. Horus Music was recognised for their outstanding achievement overseas. Within the last three years, Horus Music’s overseas sales have grown by over 180% and staff numbers have tripled. Horus recently opened another office in India designed to improve access to localised platforms and to offer a more personalised service to local musicians.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said: "The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise highlight everything that’s great about UK business today. We have some of the best entrepreneurs and innovative minds in the world who are at the heart of small start-ups.”

Horus Music is already looking to open new offices in more territories.

CEO Nick Dunn said, “We are absolutely overjoyed at being recognised by Her Majesty the Queen for outstanding growth in international trade. As a company that has been built without investment from outside sources, along with the hard work and dedication of our team, this award celebrates all that we have achieved. This award puts us among a small group of companies within the UK to be awarded Britain’s most coveted commercial prize.”

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