A SPECIALIST in scented products has been presented with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Airpure was established in 2008 by managing director, Robert Keeling, to make and distribute a range of products.

Bury North MP James Daly has praised the outfit for the achievement, which puts the firm in exalted company.

Mr Keeling said: "We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award.

"Although we supply many well-known high street retailers in the UK, Airpure won this award as recognition of our international trade.

"When I set this business up locally I never dreamed we would be trading in more than 30 countries around the world.”

The boss has hopes of travelling down to visit Buckingham Palace later in the year to receive his award.

When MP Mr Daly found out Airpure had recently switched its manufacturing facility to produce hand sanitiser, he was happy to facilitate deliveries to Bury Hospice and a series of local care homes and doctor’s surgeries.

Mr Daly said: "Airpure has demonstrated a phenomenal rate of growth and reach with its extensive range of scented products.

"For a Bury SME to win the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for their international trade is hugely impressive."

Mr Keeling added: "Airpure was in the fortunate position to help and support our local community as the coronavirus crisis became apparent.

"Full backing and support from James Daly helped us to deliver."

The company not only supplies home and fragrance products to the retail sector but it also offers candles, car air fresheners, room sprays and reed diffusers.

Their niche deals have seen them working with the likes of Walls Ice Cream and Coca-Cola recently, which has only served to bolster their UK growth performance.

But these connections have also helped them to thrive overseas, leading to the award, which was in the 'outstanding continous growth' category for international trade.