Five South Yorkshire companies have received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the UK’s highest accolade for business success.
They are among just 141 winners nationally who have been honoured on the 50th anniversary of the awards, regarded as the most prestigious in the country.
Honours are made annually by the Queen and coincide with Her Majesty’s birthday on April 21.
Four local firms have won international trade awards for ‘substantial’ growth in overseas earnings – President Engineering Group, Pricecheck Toiletries and steel fixings manufacturer Ancon, all of Sheffield, and chemical company Nanoflam of Barnsley.
Surplus food distributor Company Shop of Barnsley received an award for sustainable development, winners have to show they help ensure ‘a better quality of life for everyone, now and in the future’.
A royal representative will visit each firm and present a crystal bowl as a mark of their achievement. Winners are also invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace in July.
And they can use the Queen’s Award emblem in advertising, marketing and on packaging for five years.
It is ANCON’s second honour just three years after receiving the Queen’s Award for Innovation. The firm, based on President Way, Attercliffe, has £40m turnover and employs 350 in the UK, 250 in Sheffield.
Managing director, Stuart Maxwell, said: “It is another very proud day for everyone connected with Ancon. I am very grateful to the continued commitment of all our employees, and our overseas distributors who serve us so well.”
Pricecheck Toiletries of Upwell Street, Brightside, sells surplus stock from manufacturers to more than 50 countries, it employs 71 and turnover is £40m.
The award recognises the company’s rapid growth in exports from £3m in 2009 to £12m in 2014, according to joint managing director Debbie Harrison.
She added: “Winning the Queen’s Award will enhance our reputation worldwide and will help us to achieve our ambitious growth plans.”