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SOG Group boss John Lewis receives MBE from The Queen

The Queen has presented John Lewis, Managing Director of SOG Group, with an MBE in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

John received the Member of the Order of the British Empire medal in recognition of ‘Services to Business in Liverpool’. He was accompanied to Buckingham Palace by wife Linda, son Ryan and daughter Beccy for the investiture. Afterwards John hosted an afternoon tea celebration with close friends and family, including Lady Anne Dodd, the widow of the legendary entertainer Sir Ken Dodd who was John’s Uncle.

John said: “I’m immensely proud to receive this honour from Her Majesty The Queen but it isn’t just about me, it’s more about ‘we’ — the many family, friends and business associates who have helped me down the years. I couldn’t have achieved my success in business without all those people around me who have been such a tremendous support.”

John’s company SOG is recognised as one of the UK’s top independent operators of business and science parks. SOG was formed in 1999 after chemicals giant ICI announced it was closing its North West HQ at The Heath. SOG bought the site, retained some of the key skilled personnel who worked for ICI and transformed the location into The Heath Business and Technical Park, a multi-occupancy business and science park. Today The Heath is home to over 120 individual companies supporting around 2,000 jobs.

In the past John’s achievements have been recognised with several awards including the accolade of Liverpool’s ‘Knowledge Leader of the Year’, an award recognising Merseyside’s key business leaders and academics who have made a major contribution to the region. He is also a past winner of Halton Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year.

About The Heath
The Heath, which was established as a business park in 2000, has attracted over 175 British and international companies, ranging from bio science firms to IT specialists, from food industry consultants to website designers, and from government agencies to telemarketing specialists. Residents have been attracted by the 60-acre business park's vast range of impressive facilities and its flexibility in space management and in attitude. The Heath offers a wide range of office and laboratory space, together with a purpose-built conference centre that includes a 120-seat lecture theatre. Residents can also choose from a wide selection of additional services, including telephone and broadband connectivity, laboratory support services, scientific glass-blowing and precision engineering facilities, to name but a few. Residents also have access to The Heath's fitness centre and gym. Combined with 1,700 parking spaces, its first-class transport links - and the ability for residents to select and pay for just the services they require - it's no surprise that the number of companies on The Heath is continuing to grow rapidly.

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5th December 2019