Innovative Yorkshire firms honoured in Queen’s Awards

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YORKSHIRE firms that have secured jobs and investment during periods of turmoil have received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Altogether, eight Yorkshire firms have been honoured in this year’s awards, out of a total of 162 nationally. In the international trade category, the Queen’s Award has been presented to Abbey Forged Products, A-Safe (UK), CarnaudMetalbox Engineering, Dismatec, Harvard Engineering, Melett, the Alco Valves Group and Turner & Townsend. Sheffield-based Abbey Forged Products is a manufacturer of steel products for the oil and gas industry. A-Safe, based in Elland, West Yorkshire, manufactures a mix of polymer and plastic barrier protection systems, while Shipley-based CarnaudMetalbox designs and manufactures can-making machinery. Dismatec, from Sheffield, provides engineering and technical services to the global glass manufacturing industry. Normanton-based Harvard Engineering provides wireless control systems for street lighting, and Melett, from Barnsley, manufactures and sells replacement turbocharger repair parts for automotive and commercial engines. Alco Valves, from Brighouse, West Yorkshire, manufactures products and accessories for the oil, gas and energy sectors and Turner & Townsend, from Horsforth, is a programme management and construction consultancy. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion has been awarded to Eric Binns, from Halifax, who has been involved with business support for 10 years. Roy Hatfield, from Rotherham, gains the Innovation award for creating a process for recycling waste gypsum.