Ingredients supplier Kudos Blends has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2016 in the international trade category.

Kudos was given the award in recognition of its international sales – the company began exporting in 2011 and, by 2015, 20% of its turnover was attributed to export sales.

The company said: “Focusing on the chemistry aspects of the bakery process has allowed Kudos to differentiate its product range from those offered by competitors.”

Dinnie Jordan, director of Kudos, said: “I am both honoured and delighted for the company and my team to have achieved this award. Everyone has worked very hard for it.

“I never imagined we’d export our products when I set up Kudos Blends and it has been a steep but enjoyable learning curve, with invaluable support from the UKTi [UK Trade & Investment].”

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is the highest award that can be given to any UK business – it recognises a company’s contribution to UK exports, but also looks at its role within the local community, environmental impact and the quality of its relationships with suppliers, partners, employees and customers.

Last year, Kudos was a finalist in the Exporter of the Year category at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.