Engineering firm company Joseph Rhodes wins top business award

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Engineering firm Joseph Rhodes has won a top business award for its contribution to exports.

The Belle Vue-based company has won a Queen’s Award for International Trade.

Managing director Mark Ridgway was presented with the prize at an event at Hepworth Wakefield by Dr Ingrid Roscoe, Lord-Leiutenant of West Yorkshire.

It is the second time Joseph Rhodes, which is part of parent company Group Rhodes, has won the prize after being awarded with a Queen’s Award for Innovation in 2010.

As part of the presentation ceremony, robots created by the company which are used in manufacturing were shown to guests.

Mr Ridgway, who had just returned from inspecting a new factory in India, said: “We are honoured and delighted to have been presented with a second Queen’s Award.

“The last few years have been challenging for manufacturing in the UK, and our success really has been a team effort.

“The award is recognition of the hard work, high skills and determination of our people.”

Richard Heald, chief executive officer of the UK India Business Council, also attended the event as a guest speaker.

It was held after Group Rhodes secured a £9m contract to supply forging presses to Asia.

Orders for the next two years also include the supply of a robotic assembly line to a bulldozer manufacturer in Brazil.

Group Rhodes, which employes 245 people, exports around a third of its multi-million pound turn over to more than 30 countries.