A Cumbrian firm celebrated its birthday in style as it was presented with a prestigious award.
The Lakes Free Range Egg Company, based in Penrith, was presented with its Queen's Award for Sustainable Development from Cumbria’s Lord Lieutenant Claire Hensman on the same day the firm reached its 21st anniversary.
It was given the award earlier this year and in June, owners David and Helen Brass attended a formal reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by Prince Charles.
Mr and Mrs Brass said: “We were delighted to be one of only eight companies in the UK to be recognised for sustainable development - a first in the UK egg industry.
“This award was only made possible because of the hard work and dedication of our staff who share our ethos to develop in a sustainable way.
"We also have to thank our producers for their support over the last 21 years.
"Receiving this accolade alongside so many of our staff is a prestigious way to celebrate our coming of age.”
Mrs Hensman said “I am delighted that The Lakes Free Range Egg Company has won the very prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development.
"This is extremely well deserved recognition of the pioneering methods and high standards set by David and Helen and their team and partners.
“They are proving that high standards of animal welfare and increasingly efficient use of resources can go hand-in-hand.
"As a big customer of local farmers, The Lakes Free Range Egg Company not only helps to sustain the local economy but enhances Cumbria’s reputation as a leading high quality food producer.
"I congratulate David and Helen and their team and wish them continuing success in the future.”
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