A READING company has won the prestigious Queen's Award for International Trade.

Berkeley Engineering Consultants (BEC) is one of only 200 companies out of more than four million registered businesses which was recognised in the awards.

Made just once a year, The Queen's Awards are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses, recognising outstanding achievement in four categories that also include innovation, promoting opportunities (through social mobility) and sustainable development.

With its directors office in London and the main design and engineering office in Reading, BEC employs engineering specialists who deliver high-value, cost-driven client solutions.

It operates from facilities around the world including Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, and South Korea, and opened a new dedicated office in Oman earlier this year.

Irteza Piracha, BEC’s CEO, said: "Winning the Queen's Award represents another major milestone in our journey.

"We have built our success in offering an innovative and flexible approach to supporting our clients who are some of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies.

"Key to that is being physically close to them and we continue to open offices in strategic locations to support their needs.

"A very special thank you to each of the employees and their families for their belief in the owners and their ideals."

BEC will celebrate its award during a royal reception for Queen's Awards winners in the summer.