A Princes Risborough company that makes beds for hotels, homes and palaces across the world has picked up a prestigious award from the Queen. 

Hypnos was formally presented with the Queen's Award for Enterprise for International Trade by the the Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher.

The award, which is only granted to those who demonstrate the highest levels of excellence within their field, was presented to Hypnos chairman, Peter Keen and group managing director, Stephen Ward, at the Princes Risborough site.

The company - which has been operating since 1904 - has gone from strength to strength over the years and now makes beds for the UK and international market, exporting its products all over the world.

The event was attended by leading figures in the community, including the chairman and chief executive of Wycombe District Council, mayor of Princes Risborough, Cllr Matthew Walsh, the chief executive of Buckinghamshire Business First and the chairman of Bucks County Council, Cllr Patricia Birchley, who were taken on a factory tour and saw first-hand how Hypnos beds are crafted. 

Speaking about the accolade, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, said he was "delighted" to present the award. He said: “The award is in recognition of their hard work and substantial growth in international business and overseas sales and export activity and it’s great to see family-run businesses in Buckinghamshire being recognised in this way.”

Peter Keen, chairman of Hypnos, added: “To have been officially presented with the Queen’s Award for International Trade by Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, was a true honour and a remarkable occasion for all the staff at our head office. It is certainly a day which will go down in the business’s history and be remembered for years to come.

“This accolade is widely regarded as one of the most significant honours a business can receive and we’re extremely proud of this achievement and all the hard-work that’s been put in over the last few years. We’ve come a long way."