FOUR HAMPSHIRE businesses have been recognised for their “outstanding” performance and honoured by the Queen.

Along with almost 200 other businesses they were named as some of the best in the country in the prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

The Awards celebrate her 93rd birthday on April 23 with companies recognised for their contribution in four categories including international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting opportunities.

Romsey based rFpro who develop driving simulation software won an award for both innovation and international trade.

Engineering Technology Applications, a subsea cable consultancy and engineering company also from Romsey has now won an international trade award for three years running.

Captec a computer manufacturing specialist from Fareham received an award for innovation.

Easyskinz also from Fareham and who manufacture skins to protect and recolour smartphones and electronic devices received an award for international trade.The winners include businesses leading the way in a range of industries including construction, agriculture, motoring and software development

Chris Hoyle, technical director at rFpro, said:

“We are delighted that the hard work of everybody at rFpro has been acknowledged by the Queen’s Awards judging panel and we are so proud to be one of just a few companies to achieve a double award. Our contribution to making the world’s road networks safer is reward enough, but it is fantastic to receive such prestigious recognition.”

Business Secretary Greg Clark said:

“These prestigious awards help shine a light on all that is great about UK business today. I am extremely impressed to see such a wealth of talent and innovation from across the UK being recognised today by Her Majesty The Queen.

Past Queen’s Awards winners have reported benefitting from worldwide recognition, increased commercial value and greater market exposure.