Essex-based premium meat supplier Direct Meats has been presented with the Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade.
The butcher, which was founded in Chappel, Essex, in 1995, has been providing a bespoke service to restaurants and hotels in the UK for a quarter of a century. It is a family-run business that employs 120 full- time staff and delivers an average of 2,500 orders per week and exports to 19 countries around the world.
Direct Meats managing director Martin Blackwell said: "To be awarded the Queen's award is testament to our hard-working staff and the farmer and producer brands we work with and who allow us to export their products.
"We are classed as a small and medium-sized enterprise and to receive an award with global standing recognises our innovative movement into an incredibly challenging global market.
"It also means a lot as a representative of small British farmers who believe in sustainable, traditional methods."
Pictured is Direct Meats managing director Martin Blackwell