His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent has visited Bristol to present the British Corner Shop with its Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade.
The firm, which supplies British food brands via e-commerce platforms to consumers worldwide, received the Queen’s Award earlier this year in recognition of its outstanding export performance.
Following a tour of the company’s depot and meeting key members of British Corner Shop’s team The Duke of Kent presented British Corner Shop with its award and official Royal scroll signed by the Prime Minister.
Accompanying His Royal Highness was Dame Janet Trotter DBE, the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire and the Queen’s official representative in the county.
She said: “The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is very much the Oscars of the UK business world and only awarded to those companies that demonstrate excellence throughout their operations.”
From humble beginnings in the founder’s garage, the company has enjoyed incredible growth in the past 10 years, culminating in a deal with Waitrose earlier this year to sell the high-end supermarket’s own brand food overseas, to 146 countries.
British Corner Shop managing director Mark Callaghan said: “The Queen’s Award itself and the emblem we are able to use when trading overseas carries huge kudos and has already had a significant impact on our trading performance.
“I would like to give special thanks to our hardworking, innovative and customer-focused staff who always go the extra mile and are instrumental in allowing us to deliver truly exceptional, British service which sets us apart from the competition.”