UK engineering firm Lattimer has been officially recognised as a world-class exporter after being presented with the 2018 Queen’s Award for Enterprise, International Trade.

The precision-machinist manufactures around 30,000 different products for container glass manufacturing plants in more than 60 countries worldwide.

Its record has now been officially recognised by the Government office in charge of honouring ‘outstanding achievements by UK businesses’.

Queen’s representative and Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside Mark Blundell visited the £12million turnover company to present the award to the firm’s senior management, employees and apprentices.

It follows a Royal Reception held at Buckingham Palace, hosted by The Prince of Wales, attended by Lattimer Holdings CEO Stephen Waterhouse and Managing Director Mark Hailwood.

Lattimer is also now permitted to fly The Queen’s Award flag outside its head office and use the Queens Award logo on all company stationary for a period of five years. Mr Waterhouse said the presentation marked a significant moment in the company’s 76-year history following 40 years involvement in the glass container industry.

“This is an incredibly proud moment for each and every person who has contributed to the success of Lattimer since its inception in 1942,” he said.

“In our opinion there is no greater accolade or seal of approval than that of Her Majesty the Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister.

"We have enjoyed many successes over the years including the development of ground-breaking products, however this moment ranks amongst the best.

"We are indebted to previous generations and their contribution in building the firm to where it is today. As the current custodians of the Lattimer brand we are determined to ensure it continues to prosper and thrive for the next 70-years and beyond.”