Akula Living has been awarded the prestigious and nationally coveted King’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2023. This award is bestowed by His Majesty’s Government in recognition of the highest standards of excellence – and personally approved by His Majesty King Charles III.
Demonstrating remarkable overseas sales and outstanding growth, the Yorkshire based and family-owned company builds on an extraordinary 100-year history, originating from a legacy of textile manufacturing. Drawing on three generations of expertise in this craft, founder and CEO Tim Appleton launched what is today a lauded outdoor furniture manufacturing business for the global hospitality and cruise industry, producing marine-grade collections, designed to perform and built to last in the harshest climates.
A market pioneer, Akula Living’s ranges are manufactured and fabricated to function flawlessly outdoors, year-round. But though ultra-durable, they do not compromise on style. This combination of form and function has seen Akula Living become an international brand of choice for the world’s leading hospitality and cruise groups, including Four Seasons, Accor, Marriott, IHG, Hilton, Holland America and Royal Caribbean. Its products are also created with sustainability in mind, using contemporary technologies and innovative processes to reduce waste.
Tim Appleton, Founder and CEO, said: “To receive this prestigious award is an honour and an incredible seal of approval for Akula Living, from the British Government and His Majesty King Charles III. The team and I have worked tirelessly to create a manufacturing brand synonymous with quality, exceptional design and the highest standards of durability. This award not only recognises our success till now, but also our drive to continue to build Akula and stay on top of our game.”