Detection company awarded business of the year

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A local company that provides detection dogs to the UK Border Force has been named as Business of the Year.

North Wales based Wagtail UK, who are specialists in detection dogs and dog handler training, were awarded during this year’s West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber Recognition Awards.

Established in 2003, Wagtail UK Ltd provides detection dogs and related services for government agencies such as HM Revenue & Customs, Police, Trading Standards and Armed Forces. 

Wagtail is contracted by the UK Border Force to provide ‘Body Detection Dogs’ (for illegal immigrants) in Northern France 24/7, 365 days a year. 

Wagtail’s reputation and success has led to the formation of sister companies Conservation Dogs and more recently Event Detection Dogs, not to mention the development of Wagtail International School of Excellence training school.

The Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, is a premier award open to businesses within West Cheshire and North Wales.

The award was presented during the Chamber’s award evening at the Chester Racecourse on November 15.

“Wagtail UK are extremely proud and honoured to receive this award which recognises the hard-work and dedication shown by the team,” said Collin Singer, managing director of Wagtail.

Robert Ellis, director at Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers said: “Huge congratulations to all the team at Wagtail, this award is thoroughly deserved, the team do an amazing job.”

Debbie Bryce, Chief Executive Officer at West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce added: “Many congratulations to Wagtail UK Ltd for winning the Business of the Year Award!

“The award judges commented on their measurable growth, increased profits and reinvestment, along with extensive recruitment, over the last few years.

“The company remains forward thinking and innovative and are a worthy winners of this award.”