April 21 - Kestrel Liner Agencies Ltd has won the 2010 Queen's Award for Enterprise, International Trade.

This is the UK's most prestigious award for business performance and has been given for Continuous Achievement in International Trade, resulting in substantial overseas earnings with growth and commercial success, sustained over not less than six years, to levels which are outstanding for the services concerned and the size of the applicant's operations.

Kestrel says that in a world dominated by the mega-carriers we are delighted to achieve this. The Awards are only granted to business units that maintain the highest standards of propriety and we feel that the Award echoes all the sentiments that Kestrel values in terms of Quality of Service. 

From starting the business 16 years ago this April with his partner Mark Pattison, Andy Thorne, owner & chairman, comments: "I am overwhelmed by this achievement, and want to personally thank all of those customers, suppliers, employees and friends who have helped Kestrel achieve such a level of greatness. I never imagined 16 years ago that I would be able to claim such industry success and it is a credit to all those involved in our business."