A Daventry-based business has won a Queen's award for its successes in international trade.
Brian James Trailers Limited makes trailers for cars but a recent focus on making containers for other vehicle types has generated significant growth largely thanks to trading outside of the UK, predominantly within Europe.
The company's prosperity has been recognised after it received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade 2018, resulting in a visit from Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris.
"We are absolutely delighted," said Paul.
"Our orders have increased, our turnover has increased and hits on our website have increased; whether that's down to the award I don't know.
"We are the only ones in the East Midlands to have won the award and we have also obtained the East Midlands International Trade Award."
"Chris has been here before," he added.
"It was delightful to talk to him."
Paul explained overcoming the traditional barriers of languages, currencies, culture and the historical dominance of well-established existing suppliers was a difficult journey for the firm, but has resulted in extra focus and commitment from the team.
The company will be presented with its Queen's award in September by the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire.
"This prestigious award is shared with our many business partners, suppliers and customers together with our valued employees past and present without whose help this award could not have been achieved," said Paul.
"Brian James Trailers Limited are proud to be considered one of the Midlands' manufacturing powerhouses that continue to deliver a strong business performance exporting to many different marketplaces in extremely challenging times."
With business booming Paul said the company could, in the near future, be extending its manufacturing to a site in mainland Europe.
Brian James Trailers Limited is based in in Sopwith Way on the Drayton Fields Industrial Estate and was founded in 1979 and incorporated in 1999.