Maths Circle wins Queen's Award for Enterprise  Image: Maths Circle

Company is recognised for its excellence in innovation

Maths Circle Ltd is one of 220 organisations nationally to be recognised with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The Bedford-based company has been recognised for its excellence in innovation.

Innovation Award winners are defined as having demonstrated that their business has substantially improved in areas of performance and commercial success by either outstanding innovation, continued over at least two years, or continuous innovation and development over at least five years.

Maths Circle is the creator of “Times Tables Rock Stars“. Originally a paper based training aid, the gamified app uses artificial intelligence to tailors the questioning and learning to the child. Which means it can adapt to the child’s progress to increase their confidence and proficiency in maths.

The teaching aid resulted from a need identified by the company’s founder, Bruno Reddy. As a maths teacher he saw that many pupils entering school lacked basic skills in maths.

He said that the company extremely proud to be recognised alongside the very best in British business, adding:

“As residents of Ampthill, Marston Moretaine and nearby villages, we’re proud to be the only firm in Bedfordshire with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise this year.

“It is wonderful recognition of the impact that Times Tables Rock Stars is having on children’s maths learning worldwide.”

Innovation achievements are assessed for invention, design or production; performance of services and products; marketing and distribution; or after-sales support of goods or services.

Maths Circle’s system used by over 15,000 schools and 30,000 families worldwide

Competitive Rock Wrangle events are run across the UK where schools send their fastest students to compete for the title of “fastest of the fast”. There are now over 3 million children using Times Tables Rock Stars in over 100 countries.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis has praised Maths Circle Ltd for being awarded the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. She said:

“Maths Circle have used their unique creativity and innovation in the development of the maths app which has made children’s interactive learning fun and engaging.

“I am delighted that they have been honoured this year. My sincere congratulations to them all for receiving this most prestigious award and my best wishes for their continuing success.”

The company has developed a sister maths platform for schools called NumBots. This uses the same innovative adaptive technology and gamification to engage children in the learning of addition, subtraction and number bonds to improve basic numeracy skills.

Maths Circle is currently offering schools up to 60 days full free access to both of their online maths platforms to help with remote learning during the COVID-19 outbreak.

It said that over 1 million children have been playing on Times Tables Rock Stars each week during lockdown so far.

If teachers would like to sign up their school for free access, they can apply at Times Tables Rock Stars or NumBots.

Visit for more information about Maths Circle, or to subscribe to Times Tables Rock Stars or NumBots.

Maths Circle will celebrate its award during a royal reception for Queen’s Awards winners later in the year.

Competitive Rock Wrangle events are run across the UK where schools send their fastest students to compete for the title of “fastest of the fast” Image Maths Circle