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Sheffield Forgemasters has beaten off tough competition to win a Ruban D’Honneur and reach the finals of the prestigious European Business Awards.

Forgemasters was one of 10 companies, vying for the Import/Export Award, to receive a Ruban D’Honneur and one of only two British businesses to reach the finals – the other being Preston-based commercial diving equipment supplier Submarine Manufacturing & Products.

Chief executive, Dr Graham Honeyman, said: “For Forgemasters to receive a Ruban d’Honneur from the European Business Awards is a real mark of distinction and is testament to the determination and passion which drives this company.

“The commitment of our staff, the importance of our customers and partners culminate in being recognised as being leaders in our field. The anticipation of the Awards final is building but for now we’re delighted to receive this tribute.”

Ruban d’Honneur recipients will now face a judging panel of academics, industrialists, entrepreneurs and media commentators from European Union member states before finding out who has won the contest, sponsored by bankers HSBC, at an awards ceremony in Barcelona in November.