Wakefield shirt company scoops Queen’s Award for International Trade

Ricky Donner - Chairman of Double Two holding the companys and the Worlds first Polyester Shirt.

Ricky Donner - Chairman of Double Two holding the companys and the Worlds first Polyester Shirt.

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The Wakefield Shirt Company, which owns Double Two, is among the 2013 winners of the Queen’s Award for International Trade.

The company was recognised for increasing sales overseas in the annual awards.

Established in 1940, by Isaak Donner, it has gradually built up its export portfolio and now exports to over 40 countries, producing over four-and-a-half-million garments a year.

The group is now run by second generation Richard Donner and third generation John Donner.

Richard Donner said: “We have received many awards over the years but The Queen’s Award is our most prestigious one and I thank all our staff for working hard to achieve this”.

Double Two recently featured on an episode of the One Show on BBC1.

Company chairman Richard Donner was interviewed about Terylene, a new fibre used in the making of the first polyester shirts in the 1950s.

The shirts grew in popularity because they were easy to wash and did not need ironing, and the material was licensed for commercial use around the world.

Winners of the Queen’s Award are invited to meet the Queen at a reception in Buckingham Palace.