UK company Sheppee has been awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise, 2013: For International Trade.

The Queen’s award is given to businesses for outstanding achievement in International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable development.

Sheppee met the criteria of ‘Outstanding Achievement in International Trade, resulting in substantial growth overseas and commercial success’.

Sheppee International was named as one of 116 exporting companies to be awarded the international trade award earlier this year, with Elliott Seymour, Chairman, and Jon Wilson, MD, invited to meet the Queen for a reception at Buckingham Palace.

The Queen's representative, The Lord Crathorne KCVO, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, visited Sheppee International’s UK premises in September.

After a tour of the offices and workshop where he saw the manufacture of Sheppee Stackers and Transfers he was taken into its training and testing centre where he saw the machinery at work.

The presentation of the award took place at the Yorkshire Air Museum with all members of staff present.

The company employs 41 people in the UK and China and has increased overseas sales by 133% in the past year, after entering new markets in Australia and China.

It has also set up an office in China providing domestic sales and technical support. Exports account for 95% of Sheppee’s turnover.