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Award means world is their Oyster

PUBLISHED: 13:59 19 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010

AN Ipswich company is celebrating today after winning a top business accolade.

Oyster Marine Ltd, of Fox's Marina, Wherstead, has taken this year's Queen's Award for International Trade.

AN Ipswich company is celebrating today after winning a top business accolade.

Oyster Marine Ltd, of Fox's Marina, Wherstead, has taken this year's Queen's Award for International Trade.

Only 123 companies in the county have won the award and this is the second time that Oyster Marine has qualified. The first was in 1990.

Established 28 years ago, the company is the largest yacht-building firm in Britain and was chosen for the award for its outstanding export sales.

Although yachts are built in six locations across the UK, the headquarters is at Fox's Marina.

Last night an engraved rose bowl was awarded to the founder and chairman of the company, Richard Matthews, by the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, the Rt Hon The

Lord Belstead.

Others at the ceremony included the mayor of Ipswich, Maureen Carrington-Brown.

Mr Matthews said that the company had achieved an 80 per cent increase in export sales.

He said: "This is a small company and we have won Britain's top industrial award for the second time. It reflects on staff and is an award we can be proud of, and is also something to which overseas customers can relate."

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