Queen’s honours for four top firms

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Four “outstanding” South Yorkshire companies have received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, at the UK’s most prestigious business awards.

Three were honoured for international trade - Dismatec, Melett and Abbey Forged Products - and one for innovation - Roy Hatfield Ltd.

This year a total of 162 awards have been handed out – 110 for international trade, 39 for innovation and 13 for sustainable development. Previously known as the Queen’s Awards to Industry, the first awards were given in 1966.

The three local international trade winners enjoyed substantial growth in overseas earnings.

Turbocharger parts specialist Melett, of Whaley Road, Barnsley, has now won three Queen’s Awards for international trade.

Its first was in 2006 and its second was in 2009. This year’s award came after it grew overseas earnings 334 per cent in six years.

The company has enjoyed rapid growth, with employee numbers also rising from 15 to 69 in the same period.

Glass industry engineers Dismatec, of Malin Bridge, Sheffield, saw earnings rise 313 per cent over the last three years. Export sales as a percentage of turnover have risen from 74 per cent to 89 per cent in the same period.

The firm, which sells to eight countries, attends international exhibitions, provides content for trade journals and has used UKTI to penetrate new markets.

And Abbey Forged Products, which supplies steel products to the oil and gas industry, won after exports grew 234.5 per cent over three years. The company sells into 16 countries and has recently entered the US, South Korea and Brazil.

International expansion has meant employee numbers rising from 127 to 164.