20th February 2018 | Royal Visits to Surrey

HRH The Duke of Gloucester visited three internationally renowned companies in East Surrey

HRH The Duke of Gloucester opened the newly refurbished European headquarters of Cubic Transportation Systems in Salfords, Reigate, where he was welcomed by the Lord-Lieutenant, who presented Mr Roger Crow, Executive Vice President and Managing Director.The international company is one of Surrey’s leading employers in the science, engineering and technology fields. The Royal visitor was given an overview of Cubic’s business, which includes the provision of all ticketing and revenue management for Transport for London as well as for transport operators and authorities in many major cities around the world. The Duke’s visit concluded with the presentation of CEO Awards to Cubic staff and apprentices.

At Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC) at Blindley Heath, His Royal Highness toured the facility before presenting the company with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (International Trade). MRMC has provided motion control robotic solutions to the film and television industries for five decades and won an Academy Award for changing the way Hollywood works – it is the motion control choice for major blockbusters like Star Wars. It has also expanded into industries such as e-commerce, security and broadcast, and been on Wimbledon Centre Court for the last four years, as well as the London, Sochi and Rio Olympic Games.

The Duke also visited North Downs Specialist Referrals in Bletchingley, an internationally acknowledged centre of excellence for Specialist Veterinary Care. Founded in 2005, the hospital currently employs 23 specialist veterinary surgeons and 110 staff and treats in excess of 400 dogs and cats a month referred by GP veterinary surgeons in Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Hampshire. Hospital Director, Terry Emmerson, and his colleagues explained the specialist treatments carried out, including hip replacement, brain surgery, pacemaker placement and cataract surgery as well as a number of procedures only available in a few veterinary hospitals worldwide.

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