Joy for Fareham companies as they win award for overseas work

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TWO firms have been recognised for outstanding work.

BMT Defence Services and Protec Technical, both of Fareham, have won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

The winners are announced each year on April 21, Her Majesty’s birthday.

Both companies got the award for their work involving international trade.

Protec, which supplies technical staff to global aerospace, defence, engineering and construction industries, received the prize because it increased export figures year on year by placing contractor staff abroad in jobs such as aircraft maintenance.

Martyn Smith, Protec’s director of aircraft maintenance, said: ‘We are delighted to be a recipient of this prestigious award.

‘As a small, local firm with only 15 staff, we are extremely proud that we are able to help skilled people, mostly British, earn money from working in mainland Europe and worldwide destinations, like Africa and the Middle East.’

Innovation and sustainable development were the two other award categories.

Muir Macdonald, managing director of BMT, said: ‘We are delighted that our work is recognised by this award.

‘The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is fantastic recognition for our teams across the company who have risen to the challenge.

‘BMT is a successful and expanding local engineering company that is winning contracts across the globe in the face of stiff international competition. We have increased our headcount by approximately 25 per cent in the last 12 months employing, talented and enthusiastic individuals who are able to apply their knowledge and expertise in a range of projects, while allowing us to provide them with a professionally rich and varied experience.’

BMT also has offices in Bath and Weymouth. Protec was established in 2003 and will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.