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Forgemasters win third Queen's Award

01 May 2008

Sheffield Forgemasters' outstanding achievement in international trade has been honoured with a Queen's Award.

The Brightside Lane company took its third Queen's award - this time in the International Trade category in the 2008 awards - announced on the Queen's birthday on April 21. It follows Export and Technology Awards in 1989 and 1997 respectively.

Over the last three years Forgemasters' export sales have increased by £19m and nearly two thirds of its production is exported. Main markets include Germany, China, Russia, Norway and Spain. 

Forgemasters' chief executive Graham Honeyman said: "These are the UK's most prestigious accolades for business-related achievement and we are delighted to have secured our third award. It recognises our continued focus and commitment to delivering our specialised knowledge and products across the globe."

A total of 16 awards were presented to companies and individuals in Yorkshire and the Humber - the highest number in the region this decade. Twelve awards were made in the International Trade category alone. 

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: "The winning companies and individuals are standard-bearers for the very best of British business.

"These firms embody the spirit of enterprise and innovation that is so vital to the future of Britain's economy. Whether large or small, every one of this year's winning organisations has achieved outstanding success in its field."

Last week Forgemasters beat off competition in the Yorkshire and the Humber region, to win the Clive W Leach Award for Outstanding Contribution to Training by a Company at the Celebration of Learning and Skills Awards (CoLaS) 2008.