A BUSINESSMAN born and bred in the borough will be visiting Buckingham Palace after received a MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Simon Evans left Tudor Grange School at 16 and originally took a job on the shop floor of his dad Tony’s company.
The father-of-two has risen to be the managing director of Moflash Signalling - a business which produces warning beacons.
He has been honoured for services to international trade.
“It came out of the blue,” admitted the 44-year-old. “I think it’s really a recognition of the business as a whole.”
Though there is a lot of “doom and gloom” about British industry, Simon argues that the opportunities are there and it’s smaller firms that that will push the recovery.
“Although we’ll all proud of the success of companies like Land Rover, it’s the smaller businesses that drive the engine of the economy.
“Whether it’s one-man bands or firms that employ 200+, they’re very important.
“Although Britain is not a China or an India, driving mass production, what we are very good at are niche products.”
Moflash was set up in 1997 and Simon, who now lives in Hatton, runs the company with business partner Marc Bailey.
Based in Tyseley, it provides warning lights and beacons to countries across the world - over 50 per cent of the business now goes abroad.
Proud mum Jean, of Silhill Hall Road, said the family were delighted to receive their son’s good news last weekend.
“He was out of the country at the time but he just phoned up to tell us,” she said. “We were so pleased, he’s worked very hard.”