The most prestigious business award in the United Kingdom. 

May 8, 2024, Discovery Park, Sandwich, Kent: A4P, A LabConnect Company, based at Discovery Park, an international centre for science and innovation, in Kent, has been honoured with a King’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade. A4P is one of 252 organisations nationally recognised with a prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise, across four categories - International Trade, Innovation, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity (through Social Mobility). 

A4P is a scientific consultancy specializing in bioanalytical and biosample project management,  biomarker strategy and logistics solutions in support of clinical research around the world. A4P  recently joined Texas-based LabConnect, forming a combined international team which brings an unparalleled breadth and depth of technical and scientific expertise to help clients successfully achieve pre clinical and clinical trial objectives sooner.  

A4P was founded in 2012 and has been located at Discovery Park since inception, being one of the first tenants to move into Innovation House. All original A4P Directors had previously worked for Pfizer, located at Discovery Park. 

Businesses are visited throughout the year by His Majesty’s lord-lieutenants to receive their awards, along with an official certificate and commemorative crystal trophy. King’s Award recipients are also able to fly a King’s Awards flag at their main office and use the emblem on marketing materials.

Ian James, CEO of A4P commented, “We are thrilled to receive the King’s Award for  Enterprise and the recognition that this brings for the work A4P colleagues have performed with  our international customers in supporting the development of new medicines. We are excited to  continue to build on this success in the future.” 

The King’s Awards for Enterprise, previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise,  were renamed last year to reflect His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM  Queen Elizabeth II’s by recognising outstanding UK businesses. The Award programme, now in  its 58th year, is the most prestigious business award in the country, with successful businesses  able to use the esteemed King’s Awards Emblem for the next five years.


About King’s Awards for Enterprise  

The King’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the UK. The  awards were first established in 1965 and since then over 7000 companies have achieved a  King’s Award. 2024 marks the second year of The King’s Awards for Enterprise, reflecting His  Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II, by recognising  outstanding UK businesses. The awards celebrate the success of exciting and innovative  businesses which are leading the way with pioneering products or services, delivering impressive  social mobility programmes, or showing their commitment to excellent sustainable development  practices. More information can be found at: 

About A4P 

A4P offers scientific project management solutions and consultancy for bioanalytical and  biomarker support within pre-clinical and clinical programs, and scientific logistics. The  bioanalytical project management team has expertise in working with organizations from start-up  to established global entities. A4P offers a solution to ensure on-time, in-budget and in compliance delivery of programs. A4P logistical team provides fully customized, managed  support for customers. A4P provides outstanding service with a single proactive point of contact  for management of all logistical requirements. Visit us at Follow us on LinkedIn.  

About LabConnect 

LabConnect improves lives by partnering with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies,  contract research organizations (CROs), and foundations/non-governmental organizations  (NGOs), to accelerate the development of new medicines around the world. LabConnect delivers  a unique combination of support services through Central Laboratory Services and Functional  Service Provider (FSP) Solutions that are tailor-made, timely and flexible to meet the evolving  study demands of traditional to increasingly complex clinical trials. Visit us at  Follow us on LinkedIn. 

About Discovery Park 

Discovery Park is a thriving life science community for visionary entrepreneurs and leaders and the ideal environment for businesses to start, scale and succeed. 

Discovery Park offers state-of-the-art labs, modern offices and manufacturing facilities, unrivalled flexibility and comprehensive support including access to finance and a strong local talent pool. Within easy reach of London, Discovery Park spearheads Kent’s flourishing science and technology cluster. As an extension of the Golden Triangle, Discovery Park’s location provides access to a wealth of resources and opportunities, coupled with an enviable quality of life. 

Discovery Park has been a major centre for life science for nearly 70 years and is home to 160+ companies across a growing tenant community of dynamic start-ups through to global corporations. This includes Algaecytes, Canterbury Christ Church University, Concept Life Sciences, eXroid, Genea Biomedx, LGC, Pfizer, Psyros Diagnostics, Salvensis, Viatris, VisusNano and Wren Healthcare. 

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Media Contact Information: 

Jean Marie Thompson, SVP Marketing, LabConnect Nicola Hickson, Business Development Director, A4P