Two King’s Lynn firms celebrate Queen’s Award honour

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The most prestigious business award in the UK is going to two companies with links to Lynn.

Today, staff at Hotter shoe shop in Lynn’s High Street will be patriotically dressing in red, white and blue with cakes for customers to mark the company’s news that it has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

And also celebrating news of a Queen’s Award is Nanoflam, which is part of the Lynn-based KL Technologies group. Its award is for international trade after increasing its overseas earnings by 350 per cent in the last three years.

The business, which is based in Barnsley, supplies bespoke coatings to the textile industry worldwide. The success follows on from Lynn’s PCL Ceramics, also part of KL Technologies, winning the coveted award last year.

Nanoflam’s managing director Andrew Littlewood said: “The award is well-deserved recognition of our success and shows that we are a maturing, growing company.”

“The Queen’s Award is a renown and recognisable stamp of quality and will help improve the reputation and credibility of our brand to new and existing customers.”

Lynn’s Hotter’s store manager Rochelle Tucker, said: “We’re delighted to celebrate this very special award with our customers. We are very proud and this will give confidence to the customer. Customer service is our priority.”

Hotter has 75 stores across the UK, having only had five in 2010. The award recognises its outstanding success in international trade which has seen a growth in export earnings of 123 per cent in the last three years as it had developed its brand overseas.