A BURNLEY online floristry firm is going full steam ahead after receiving a Queen’s Award aboard a famous East Lancashire Railway train.
Padiham-based iflorist was presented the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for outstanding achievement in international trade by the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire Lord Shuttleworth.
A special award presentation ceremony was held on the steam train at the East Lancashire Railway in Rawtenstall.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley, Coun. Charles Bullas and Mrs Irene Bullas, the MP for Burnley Gordon Birtwistle and his wife and Chief Executive of Burnley Council Steve Rumbelow also attended the event along with company representatives and suppliers of iflorist.
The company was founded in 2006 by David Price and Steven Harris and is part of the company Colonial Gifts Limited.
It is one of only 151 businesses in the UK to be awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award.
Managing Director David Price said: “I can’t thank the Lord Lieutenant, the Mayor and Mayoress and Gordon and Steve enough for joining us in celebrating our award. It really was a great day out.
“The steam train seemed the most appropriate place to hold the presentation harping back to the links between the railway and the British colonies, hence our company name Colonial Gifts.
“We are thrilled to get the Royal seal of approval for all our efforts over the past six years.”
Guests were also treated to a truly British cream tea on board the train.
The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire Lord Shuttleworth said: “Colonial Gifts and iflorist is a great Burnley and Lancashire success story. It is fantastic to hear that their international sales have grown 200% over the last two years.
“It was a real pleasure to present the company with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2012 yesterday, on behalf of Her Majesty. It is very well-deserved and a credit to everyone involved.”
The company employs 15 people and is based at Ribble Court, Padiham.