During the event an official presentation of the Queen's Award for Enterprise Innovation 2008 was made by Martin Dunne, the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire.
Founder Jeffrey Bernhard started a landscaping firm in Rugby in 1950, a nursery in 1955 and a garden centre - thought to be Britain's first - in 1960. He also started a sports surface business in 1986. His son Stephen took over the Atterton & Ellis grinder business in the 1990s.
Bernhard & Company now manufactures and supplies Express Dual and AngleMaster grinders to sports facilities worldwide.