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Sheppee International receive Queen’s Award for Enterprise
ACHIEVEMENTS in international trade were celebrated at an Elvington machine manufacturer as the firm was presented with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
Sheppee International was visited by The Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Lord Crathorne, yesterday, who toured the firm’s extended site before officially presenting the award during a ceremony at the Yorkshire Air Museum.
The business, which is a double finalist in The Press Business Awards, vying for the Dare To Export and Large Business titles, specialises in machines used in the handling of freshly made glass bottles.
Employing 41 people, it has increased overseas sales by 133 per cent over the past year, having entered new markets in China, where it set up an office, and Australia.
Established in 1993, Sheppee was named as one of 116 exporting companies to win the international trade award earlier this year, with bosses invited to meet the Queen for a reception at Buckingham Palace.
Elliott Seymour, chairman at Sheppee, said: “We are very proud. It is such an honour to receive the award in recognition of all the hard work by the team at Sheppee International.
“Receiving the award is already starting to help the business going forward. Since the announcement we have had enquiries and congratulations coming from Australia, America, South Africa and Germany.
“It really is the icing on the cake to demonstrate our quality and commitment to serving our customers.
“We are hoping that 2013 will be a year of award wins for us with The Press Business Awards too, and that 2014 will see go forward and grow our position as a world leader in our industry.”
Mr Seymour works on the international expansion of the business while managing director John Wilson runs the facility in Elvington.
Exports account for 95 per cent of Sheppee’s turnover, which last year was £8.5 million.
The business is the only company to specialise completely in hotware handling in the glass industry.
Tomorrow will see another visit from Lord Crathorne when he presents theatrical production specialist Stage One with its Queen’s Award for Innovation.
The Tockwith firm, which employs 87 people, made the spotlight after being chosen to produce the Olympic cauldron for the London 2012 Games opening ceremony, as well as the Olympic rings which hung from Tower Bridge during the Games.
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