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Three Northern Ireland-based businesses given Queen's Award for Enterprise

A Northern Ireland-based luggage delivery business has won a Queen's Award for Enterprise.

SendMy Bag, a Bangor-based luggage delivery business, is one of 230 businesses announced as winners of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in celebration of the Queen’s 92nd birthday.

Adam Ewart appeared on Dragon's Den after establishing Send My Bag in 2010.

Adam Ewart, CEO and founder of Send My Bag which has won a Queen's Award for Enterprise

He brokered deals with logistics companies for cargo space to provide a service that cut queues at check-in for business travellers and students alike.

Mr Ewart said: "Winning the Queen's Award for Enterprise is a testament to the hard work of an ambitious team and a huge honour.

"Overall, I attribute our rapid growth to the exceptional talent in our Northern Ireland HQ.

"In 2012, we had only five employees and we now employ 32 outstanding people."

Two other Northern Ireland businesses were among the winners across the UK.

Kelvatek, a technology developer in Lisburn, won an award for innovation and Unicorn Flooring Ltd, a washroom products and steel fabrications business in Lisburn, also won an award for international trade.

Now in its 52nd year, the Queen's Awards for Enterprise is seen as the most prestigious business award in the country and the winning businesses are able to use the Awards emblem for the next 5 years.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said: "The UK has some of the most entrepreneurial and innovative minds in the world delivering jobs, growth and greater choice for consumers and I am proud to see a wealth of these businesses being recognised today.

"Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, supporting more than 300,000 jobs and revenues of £31 billion in Northern Ireland."

The winners will attend a royal reception at Buckingham Palace in the summer to celebrate the Awards.