Fast-growing forgings firm gets royal approval

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The Queen had made her decision so it just left a visit from her representative to finish the job.

Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire David Moody visited Abbey Forged Products to present the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, for International Trade, after the company’s exports rose by 234 per cent in three years.

The firm received a royal citation to mark its achievements in Britain’s most coveted commercial prize, now in its 49th year. Only 110 companies throughout the UK received the International Trade award, which were announced on April 21 as part of Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday honours.

The company is one of the country’s fastest growing privately-owned manufacturers and recently appeared again in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100 – ranked 89th – as well as its International Track 200 where it was 97th.

Figures show it makes more than £10m from international sales on a turnover of £42m with 245 staff. Abbey supplies steel products to the oil and gas industry. The company sells into 16 countries and has recently entered the US, South Korea and Brazil.

In total, four “outstanding” South Yorkshire companies received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise this year including Dismatec and Melett for export – and one for innovation – Roy Hatfield Ltd.

Turbocharger parts specialist Melett, of Whaley Road, Barnsley, has now won three Queen’s Awards for international trade. And for glass industry engineers Dismatec, of Malin Bridge, Sheffield, earnings rose 313 per cent over the last three years and export sales rose from 74 per cent to 89 per cent in the same period.