A leading manufacturer of wireless communications systems was given the royal seal of approval after scooping a sought-after honour from Buckingham Palace.
Rinicom Limited, based on Morecambe Road, Lancaster, picked up the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.
Representatives from the firm received the accolade from Her Majesty at a special reception at the palace.
The company was told it had been successful in the Queen’s Birthday Honours back in April. Chief executive, Professor Garik Markarian, said: “It is a tribute to the hard work, expertise and commitment of our multi-disciplined team that we achieved these results in the face of strong competition.”
Office manager Ann Marie Mount met the 87-year-old monarch.
She said: “It was the experience of a lifetime visiting the palace, but also to see the tremendous experience, energy and range of British industry represented at the event.
“I was so pleased to see Rinicom, which started out as a small company, being recognised as a major international player in the UK business sector.
“Most people say SMEs (small to medium size enterprises) shouldn’t apply for the award because they don’t get it, but we have.
“We would encourage more businesses to think outside the box and go for it.”
The ceremony was also attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Lancaster, Lord Shuttleworth, Mayor of Lancaster, Coun June Ashworth, and Lancaster and Fleetwood MP Eric Ollerenshaw OBE.
Rinicom, set up in 2002, develops and manufactures technology aimed at first responders and professional security services.
Although based in Lancaster, it now has offices in Moscow, Singapore and China and distributors worldwide, but its products are designed, built and exported from the city.
Overseas sales have grown 31 per cent per year after an expansion into Europe, Asia and South America.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are given to companies who are considered to have made outstanding achievements in three fields.
They are innovation, international trade or sustainable development.
To be considered, businesses must show they have achieved substantial growth in overseas earnings and in commercial success for its size and sector.
Visit www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise/business-awards for more details.