Family firm is a global success

May 02 2019
Family firm is a global success

ITS products are used at some of the world’s biggest sporting events – but Pitchmark is very much a local success story.

The family-run Coalpit Heath business is celebrating winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Pitchmark has been given the honour in the International Trade section of this year’s awards in recognition of its burgeoning overseas sales.

The company makes line marking paints, machines and equipment for sport grounds staff.

These are used at all levels of sport in Europe and around the world, including at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and at Euro 2016.

The Queens Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country and recognise outstanding achievement in specific areas.

The award for Pitchmark acknowledges the company’s success in growing its overseas sales, which now make up 60% of its annual turnover.

Pitchmark was set up in 2010 by Mark and Sue Rodman and remains a family firm.

Their son, managing director Tim Rodman, said: “Winning this award is a huge honour that would not have been possible without the hard work of everyone from our base in Coalpit Heath.

Since setting-up in 2010, we have been dedicated to making life easier for today’s grounds staff by providing innovative, market leading products and first-class service.

This award evidences just how far we have come in a short time and being held in such high esteem will help us to keep on growing and expand into new products and markets. “

Pitchmark, which employs 17 staff, is now looking to grow its team, expand into new premises, and move into new product markets. But it is committed to staying in the Bristol area.

The criteria for receiving an award, published by the government, are: “Winners have demonstrated that their business has achieved substantial growth in overseas earning and in commercial success (for their business size and sector) through either outstanding achievement over 3 years or continuous achievement over 6 years.”

Later this year the Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire will present the Pitchmark team with their award.