A FAMILY outfit which has been keeping firms safe from fires for 50 years has been given a Queen's Award for Enterprise.

Firesafe Fire Rated Ductwork (FFDR), which started out in Bury, has been singled out for its international trade prowess.

Six years of outstanding growth in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and, more recently, the US, is behind the distinction.

Colin Coxen and Alan Westwell launched FFDR in Silver Street and much of their success has been based on their Caswell Firesafe product. Fellow directors Richard Coxen, Charles Coxen, Carolyn Branagan and Robert Coxen all live in the Bury area.

A passive fire protection innovation, their handiwork can be found in branches of McDonald's, Nando's and Wagamama, as well as Manchester's Arndale Centre and the Trafford Centre.

Company chairman Mr Coxen, a Bury Grammar old boy, said: "We are extremely proud to have been recognised with the Queen's Award. It reflects the quality and dedication of our staff and how they engage with our partners to deliver dynamic growth.

"We are sure this Royal endorsement of our business will act as a springboard to future growth."

Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire Lord Shuttleworth presented the award to the firm, now based in Haslingden.

Mandy Lockett, East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce' international business director, added: "The Queen’s emblem is an honour for any business and bestows unrivalled worldwide recognition. It is fantastic to see businesses doing great things and inspiring others to follow."