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Blk Box receives King's Award for Enterprise in International Trade

16 Oct 2023
Aston Villa Football Club / Blk Box
Blk Box, a leading strength equipment manufacturer known for creating and delivering world-class training facilities, is among the first group of Northern Irish companies to be honoured with the prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise.

The selection process involved independent judges evaluating nominees based on criteria such as international sales growth, market penetration and innovation.

Blk Box won the award for excellence in International Trade, particularly for Outstanding Growth in overseas sales. Since 2018, the company has experienced a remarkable 251 per cent increase in overseas sales.

Founded in 2012 by Gregory Bradley – who identified a gap in the market for strength equipment, Blk Boxis now a leading company in the fitness equipment sector, receiving domestic and global recognition with an impressive client portfolio including Adidas, Nike, Irish Rugby, Manchester United FC, Arsenal FC, Loughborough University and Bulgari Hotels.

In April 2022, Blk Box secured an exclusive global supply contract with PureGym for functional, free-weights, studio, and accessory equipment.

This partnership covers an extensive portfolio of over 500 gyms across the UK and Europe, catering to more than 1.8 million members. The global contract award underscores the strength of the partnership between the two brands, which was originally formed in 2019 when Blk Box was contracted to create a functional training concept for its UK estate.

Blk Box is a dynamic business with a workforce obsessive about health and fitness, employing 80 staff at its 130,000sq ft headquarters in Newtownabbey, Belfast.

In 2021, the company made a £2.5 million investment to enhance manufacturing capabilities, including new CNC Lasers, Robotic Welding and an environmentally friendly powder coating line, establishing Blk Box as one of the most technologically advanced and sustainable equipment manufacturers in Europe.

Bradley commented: “We’re exceptionally proud to receive the inaugural King’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, which has enabled us to secure international contracts across Europe, Asia, America and Australia.”

The King’s Awards for Enterprise were previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, and the new name reflects His Majesty the King’s commitment to continuing the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II by recognizing outstanding UK businesses.

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BLK BOX
Tel: 028 9045 4123
Address: 4 Cloughfern Ave, Newtownabbey , Antrim, BT37 0UB, United Kingdom
Gregory Bradley, sales director
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press release: BLK BOX

Blk Box receives King's Award for Enterprise in International Trade

16 Oct 2023
Aston Villa Football Club / Blk Box
Blk Box, a leading strength equipment manufacturer known for creating and delivering world-class training facilities, is among the first group of Northern Irish companies to be honoured with the prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise.

The selection process involved independent judges evaluating nominees based on criteria such as international sales growth, market penetration and innovation.

Blk Box won the award for excellence in International Trade, particularly for Outstanding Growth in overseas sales. Since 2018, the company has experienced a remarkable 251 per cent increase in overseas sales.

Founded in 2012 by Gregory Bradley – who identified a gap in the market for strength equipment, Blk Boxis now a leading company in the fitness equipment sector, receiving domestic and global recognition with an impressive client portfolio including Adidas, Nike, Irish Rugby, Manchester United FC, Arsenal FC, Loughborough University and Bulgari Hotels.

In April 2022, Blk Box secured an exclusive global supply contract with PureGym for functional, free-weights, studio, and accessory equipment.

This partnership covers an extensive portfolio of over 500 gyms across the UK and Europe, catering to more than 1.8 million members. The global contract award underscores the strength of the partnership between the two brands, which was originally formed in 2019 when Blk Box was contracted to create a functional training concept for its UK estate.

Blk Box is a dynamic business with a workforce obsessive about health and fitness, employing 80 staff at its 130,000sq ft headquarters in Newtownabbey, Belfast.

In 2021, the company made a £2.5 million investment to enhance manufacturing capabilities, including new CNC Lasers, Robotic Welding and an environmentally friendly powder coating line, establishing Blk Box as one of the most technologically advanced and sustainable equipment manufacturers in Europe.

Bradley commented: “We’re exceptionally proud to receive the inaugural King’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, which has enabled us to secure international contracts across Europe, Asia, America and Australia.”

The King’s Awards for Enterprise were previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, and the new name reflects His Majesty the King’s commitment to continuing the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II by recognizing outstanding UK businesses.

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BLK BOX Fitness, a leading manufacturer of strength and conditioning equipment, has announced that it has secured a significant equity investment from Cordovan Capital Management, a Belfast-based private equity firm.
BLK BOX was the partner of choice for the design, fit out and install of GB Taekwondo’s new high-performance gym, as the team prepares for the Olympics in Paris 2024.
BLK BOX has partnered with Loughborough University to deliver a world-leading facility for student-athlete performance.
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Equipment designer and manufacturer, BLK BOX has spent ten years gearing up for global growth. Founder Greg Bradley tells Julie Cramer all the pieces are now in place for rapid growth
BLK BOX
Tel: 028 9045 4123
Address: 4 Cloughfern Ave, Newtownabbey , Antrim, BT37 0UB, United Kingdom
Gregory Bradley, sales director
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Key personnel
Gregory Bradley, founder/sales director
Miles Canning, marketing director
Ben Stocks, managing director
Key customers
Alongside a strong portfolio in professional sport boasting 15+ Premiership teams, BLK BOX has been fortunate enough to hold long-standing relationships with some of the world’s leading brands, gyms, and organisations, including:

• Nike,
• Under Armour,
• Adidas,
• REPRESENT,
• Corinthia Hotels,
• PureGym, and
• Gymbox.
Plans for the next 12 months
Over the next 12 months, we will continue to drive product innovation, with a strong focus on enhancing the BLK BOX Nexus Range as well as introducing some exciting new products.

Operationally, we're dedicated to maintaining industry-leading production times, support, and service for our clients.

Additionally, we'll continue investing in our sustainability initiatives, prioritizing sustainable supply and responsible practices in our manufacturing processes, and aligning with our commitment to a more sustainable future.
Testimonial
NIKE – London HQ

"This new location is an amazing environment, with plans to positively impact the community way beyond its perimeter walls. This new strength and conditioning studio will play a pivotal role in supporting this dream.

Working with Miles Canning, Gregory Bradley, and the rest of the BLK BOX team was an absolute joy, and I'm super proud of the legacy that we have left for Nike athletes and, of course, our local London communities, who deserve a premium space to get inspired and work out in."

– Bex Moorhouse, workplace design & connectivity director, Nike
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PUREGYM

"We believe our ongoing partnership with BLK BOX helps us further distinguish our offering in the global market. We have a very clear plan to deliver growth, and we believe our partnership with BLK BOX will help us achieve our aims.

We were very impressed with the functional training zone concept that BLK BOX collaborated with us on, and we are keen on building upon the partnership so we can continue to evolve our product offering for our members."

– Richard Annetts, head of gym format & equipment, PureGym
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LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY

"For Powerbase, we aimed to collaborate with specialists in various areas, and BLK BOX emerged as the clear choice in the tender process for several reasons. Their extensive expertise in the performance market, coupled with their ability to glean insights from their work in other sectors, greatly benefits us.

While we were confident in our needs for the facility, partnering with a team that offered solutions and an agile engineering approach proved pivotal. We have tangible examples of innovation and collaboration in this facility, such as tailored accessible storage solutions designed to accommodate the mezzanine's pillars.”

– Rich Ellis, head of gyms and technical relationships, Loughborough University
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