Queen’s Award for pre­ci­sion busi­ness

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SOUTH­PORT pre­ci­sion en­gi­neer­ing busi­ness Lat­timer has se­cured the UK’s most cel­e­brated busi­ness ac­co­lade af­ter win­ning the Queen’s Award for En­ter­prise in In­ter­na­tional Trade.

The firm man­u­fac­tures com­plex com­po­nent parts pri­mar­ily for the glass con­tainer man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try.

The £12.2m turnover busi­ness un­der­went a rig­or­ous as­sess­ment from the Queen’s Award Of­fice in­volv­ing a 10,000-word sub­mis­sion and fi­nan­cial vet­ting to prove “steep” year-on-year in­ter­na­tional sales growth over the past three years.

Se­nior man­age­ment are now to at­tend a Royal re­cep­tion at Buckingham Palace this month hosted by The Prince of Wales, where they will re­ceive a Grant of Ap­point­ment.

Lat­timer Hold­ings CEO Stephen Water­house said the achieve­ment was only pos­si­ble due to the im­mense ef­fort of the com­pany’s 114-strong work­force as well as past gen­er­a­tions who had all con­tributed sig­nif­i­cantly to the firm’s success.

“It is a huge priv­i­lege and hon­our to re­ceive the Queen’s Award for En­ter­prise,” he said.

“It truly doesn’t get any more high-profile or pres­ti­gious than an of­fi­cial en­dorse­ment from Her Majesty the Queen. There is an enor­mous sense of pride and sat­is­fac­tion among our en­tire team, who thor­oughly de­serve this ac­knowl­edge­ment.”

Lat­timer UK man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Mark Hail­wood and Lat­timer Hold­ings CEO Stephen Water­house

Lewis Tip­per, win­ner from West Lan­cashire High School in the KS3 boys’ breast stroke

Lat­timer’s 2017 in­take of ap­pren­tices with their tu­tors

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