Queen welcomes Sheffield export heroes to Palace

Debbie Harrison of Pricecheck Toiletries meets the Queen
Debbie Harrison of Pricecheck Toiletries meets the Queen
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After winning one of her awards it was time to meet her Royal Highness in person.

Pricecheck Toiletries bosses Mark Lythe and Deborah Harrison were invited to Buckingham Palace after landing the UK’s highest business accolade – a Queen’s Award for international trade – in April.

Mark and Debbie shook hands with The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh before mingling with fellow award winners in the state rooms.

They had the opportunity to chat with other royals, including Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Princess Eugenie.

Doug and Moira Lythe, company founders and Mark and Debbie’s parents, also travelled to London to show their support and celebrate.

Mark Lythe said: “We were very proud to visit The Palace and to talk about Pricecheck’s export growth with members of the Royal family.

“Prince Andrew was fascinated that we export to over 50 countries and joked that our travel expenses must be very high!

“To be invited to meet Her Majesty The Queen was a wonderful experience and one that we will not forget in a hurry.”

Debbie added: “Our parents founded the business in 1978 and it is their brave pioneering spirit that got us to where we are today.

“They created a successful business with an excellent reputation within the industry that gave us the foundation for the rapid growth we’ve enjoyed since we took the helm seven years ago.”

Pricecheck, of Upwell Street, Brightside, has a turnover of £40m and employs 71.