A Shipley company is among the best of British businesses to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise this year.

CarnaudMetalbox Engin-eering Ltd, in Dockfield Road, which employs more than 280 people, is among 160 companies to receive the prestigious award, unveiled today by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The company designs and manufactures can-making machinery and provides spare parts supplies and servicing to can manufacturers. It is the second time in four years CarnaudMetalbox has won the Queen’s Award for International Trade, after demonstrating outstanding growth. Its overseas business spans more than 70 countries.

Also honoured in the awards are The Alco Valves Group, of Brighouse, and Turner and Townsend Plc, at Low Hall, Horsforth.

Winners of The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are visited by a Royal representative and presented with a crystal bowl to mark their achievement. They also attend a celebratory reception at Buckingham Palace. They can use the Queen’s Award Emblem in advertising, marketing and on packaging for a period of five years, as a symbol of their quality and success.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I am delighted to congratulate the 162 UK companies on winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.”

He hopes other firms will follow their lead.