Westbury business wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

By Ben Carey on 30 April, 2021

EdTech company Scanning Pens, based at Heywood House near Westbury, has received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Recognising the company’s outstanding successes in the field of international trade, the Queen’s Award comes after the Department of International Trade recognised Scanning Pens’ outstanding international sales, naming the business Export Champions for the third year running.

Created in 2003 by Oxford Brookes graduates Jack Churchill and Toby Sutton, Scanning Pens is a dedicated EdTech company supplying text-to-speech devices to people with dyslexia. The company also works to raise awareness of dyslexia worldwide and support people whose daily lives are impacted by literacy differences.

Scanning Pens supplies its award-winning text-to-speech technology to markets around the world. The devices allow users to scan through and listen to texts via an audio feedback system, removing the need for in-person readers and modified texts. They make reading an independent act and help people with dyslexia to engage with texts in the same way that a neurotypical person might.

Jack Churchill, CEO of Scanning Pens, said, “To be recognised by the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is the highest honour in business. We’re thrilled that our dedication to literacy and reading accessibility has been acknowledged in such a way that celebrates the commitment of everybody here at Scanning Pens.”

The Queen’s Award is appointed for sustained achievement by UK businesses in the categories of Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development, and Promoting Business via Social Mobility. Now in its 55th year, the programme is considered one of the highest awards for business in the country.

Find out more at the Scanning Pens website.