Proper Music Group

Queen’s Award For Enterprise Honours Proper Music Distribution

Proper formally recognised with UK's most prestigious business accolade

London, 23rd February 2023 23 February: Part of the Utopia Music family, Proper Music Group’s distribution arm, Proper Music Distribution (PMD), has received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s most prestigious business Award, in a ceremony at its warehouse.

Following recommendation by the Prime Minister and approval by Her Majesty The Queen before her passing, the Award was given for excellence in the International Trade category. Recognising outstanding growth in overseas trade across the past three years, PMD’s exports increased by 85% over that period, growing to nearly a quarter of the company’s turnover.

To mark the distinguished occasion, the ceremony was attended by Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, The Lady Colgrain, Mr Kelvin Holford, one of the Lord-Lieutenant’s Deputy Lieutenants, Ms Jo Holmes, Deputy Clerk to the Kent Lieutenancy and Lewis Gilbert, Cadet Inspector. The Lord-Lieutenant is the British monarch’s personal representative in each lieutenancy area of the United Kingdom.

The Lady Colgrain formally awarded the crystal and scroll after a welcome speech by Drew Hill, MD of Proper Music Group and VP of Distribution at Utopia Music. Following the presentation, the Lord Lieutenant was invited to meet company staff over afternoon tea.

With only 141 awards for International Trade made in 2022, from 225 organisations recognised, the accolade cements Proper’s reputation as one of the UK’s leading physical music distributors.

MD of Proper Music Group and VP of Distribution at Utopia Music Drew Hill said: “It’s incredibly special to have Proper Music Distribution honoured for The Queen’s Award and we’re delighted to receive the accolade from Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, The Lady Colgrain. It’s testament to the fantastic work by our staff throughout the business.”


About Proper Music Group

Proper Music Group, part of the Utopia Music family, is a full services company providing everything from global physical and digital distribution to artist and label services, publishing and D2C. Clients are able to tap into as much or as little of Proper’s offering as fits their needs.

 Its distribution arm, PMD – the UK’s leading physical distributor – is renowned for its specialist knowledge and personal service coupled with wide market reach and influence. In 2022, it received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category.

 Distributing for over 5000 independent labels and service companies including Absolute Label Services, ADA, AWAL, Believe, Cherry Red, Concord, Epitaph, Hospital, INgrooves, Kartel, Orchard, Redeye, RSK, Snapper and SRD, the company collectively represents over 14% of the UK physical recorded music market. 

 Proper Music Group received The Company Award: Diversity In The Workplace at the Women In Music Awards 2017, and was also awarded Best Distributor at the Music Week Awards in 2012, 2010 & 2009, as well as Best Sales Team in 2020 & 2017.

Proper Music Group

Proper Music Group Ltd is the holding company for the music related businesses owned and operated since 1988 by Malcolm Mills. The two principal trading companies are Proper Music Distribution Ltd and Proper Records Ltd.