Company lifts third honour

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A Wallsend-based company has been honoured with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

SMD received the award in the innovation category in recognition of the development of its specialist subsea trenching technology.

This is the third Queen’s Award the firm has won in the last three years.

SMD’s latest honour recognises the innovations the company has made to its subsea trenching and ploughing equipment to create a suite of technology suited to offshore wind and offshore power cable installation.

SMD chief executive Andrew Hodgson said: “Securing a hat-trick of consecutive Queen’s Awards is testament to the innovative engineering talent we have at SMD, who are consistently challenging themselves to develop new and more effective solutions that meet the requirements of the industries we serve.

“We are very proud to be again recognised by these very prestigious and highly-regarded awards.”