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A CHICHESTER company has won one of the UK’s highest accolades for export.

It is the second time Metal Interests has walked away with a Queen’s Award For Enterprise in the International Trade category for its metal recycling business.

The winners were formally announced today.

Roger Brewster, chairman and managing director of Metal Interests, said he was delighted with the award.

He added: ‘For the company it is a massive commendation, and what it does for the staff is give them an endorsement of their achievements.

‘The perception of us externally after getting the award is of a company that is performing extremely well in certain export markets, and has experience and is able to deliver exactly what it says it is going to deliver.’

The companies in the UK which are handed the award have to be able to demonstrate sustained growth in the export market.

Since Metal Interests won the award in 2007, it has seen its turnover grow from £36m to £58.5m, and the value of its exports shoot up from £7.75m to £23.89m, a rise of more than 200 per cent.

The company has a self-accreditation agreement in order to easily export to China, which is another of the reasons why it was handed the award today.

The awards are made annually by The Queen, and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category.

They are judged to a demanding level and winners receive a number of benefits and worldwide recognition.

Previous corporate winners have come from a diverse selection of business sectors and have included large and small businesses.

The award winners are kept confidential until today, and are announced to coincide with the Queen’s birthday.