Top royal honour for chemical firm

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A Barnsley chemical company has been awarded the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade after increasing overseas earnings by 350 per cent in three years.

Nanoflam, part of the KL Technologies group, makes coatings for the textile industry and supplies more than 20 countries worldwide.

The award is good news for the 11 Barnsley-based staff, a number of whom have been with the company since its launch in 2009.

Further plans to expand the business include the opening of a large extension to the factory on Carlton Industrial Estate, doubling its size, in the summer.

Managing director Andrew Littlewood said the award would help boost the company’s image, particularly in crucial overseas markets.

“Receiving this award is a tremendous achievement and testimony to the commitment of all those involved.

“It is remarkable when you consider the company is less than six years old. I would like to thank all of our staff for their hard work and dedication that went into winning this most prestigious award, and not forgetting our suppliers and customers who have given us great support.

“As you grow then customers look at things like reputation and credibility. The Queen’s Award is a highly recognisable stamp of quality and will help to crystallise our brand to new and existing customers worldwide.”

Nanoflam became part of the KLT group in 2011 and now operates across Europe, Asia, and Africa, manufacturing bespoke water-based compounds.

Group turnover has increased by 250 per cent in three years.