Royal recognition for Fenton-based Barkers Fencing

Barkers Fencing, the UK’s leading high-security fence and gate manufacturer, has been awarded a King’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category.  

The award recognises their exceptional success in international trade, which saw sales grow by 82% in the three-year application period.

Barkers now joins over 7,000 UK enterprises that have received this Royal recognition since the Awards were first created in 1965. 
Based in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, Barkers design and manufacture a range of steel fencing and gates, much of which is exported globally, to locations including the Falkland Isles, the USA, Japan and New Zealand.     

Andrew Rowe, Managing Director, said: “The following words, received from the King’s Award office are surely some of the most momentous and rewarding Barkers have received in our over 160-year history:  

“I am delighted to inform you that His Majesty the King has approved the Prime Minister’s recommendation that your company should receive a King’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category this year.”  

Whilst innovative products such as StronGuard RCS and SecureGuard RCS – patented fences that can stop a 7.5tonne vehicle at 30mph – offer vital perimeter security and protect people and other valuable assets, the experience, passion and work ethic of the employees at Barkers is the real key to their export success. 

The 185- strong team at their Fenton site have a winning combination of skills and aptitude, with friendliness, integrity and a ‘customer-first’ attitude. 

Andrew added: “Virtually every country in the world has their own fencing industry, but our customers recognise the added value in Barkers specialist products and the technical expertise, experience and friendly service we offer. It’s the whole package that gets exported globally, not just the product. 

“To commemorate and celebrate the occasion we will be holding a ‘Barkers Bank Holiday’ for all our team on Friday 24th May. The Kings Award is a just reward for the efforts in manufacturing our incredible products and selling to the world to keep people and properties safe and secure.”