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Recycling companies receive Queen's Award for Enterprise

Three metals recycling companies have been named as recipients of the Queens Award for Enterprise, the annual accolade that celebrates business success.

Avon Metals, Dunn Brothers and Metal Interests are among the 119 winners of this years awards, which recognise a range of business achievements including innovation and international trade efforts.

A further eight companies from a range of sectors picked up a Queens Award for Sustainable Development Benchmark Woodworking, Bettys & Taylors Group (food and drink), The Co-Operative Group, Crest Nicholson (house building), Epsilon Technical (safety services), Fibrecore (optical fibres), Seacout (printing) and Yell (information directory).

To mark their achievement, a representative from each winning company has been invited to attend a special reception on Tuesday (April 24) in the presence of HRH the Duke of York. The actual presentation of each companys award by a Queens representative takes place later in the year, normally during local ceremonies in the workplace which provide an opportunity for employees to share in the celebrations. Winning firms benefit from publicity, increased recognition and the opportunity to use the Queens Award Emblem on marketing material for five years.

CBI director-general Richard Lambert said: Winning a Queens Award for Enterprise is a tremendous achievement and this years winners are worthy recipients. They will provide inspiration for other businesses to follow in their footsteps and give the UK the cutting edge it needs to succeed in the twenty-first century.

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