THE QUEEN has recognised the work of two Isle of Wight companies.
Into Biz Ltd has been awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion while Marine Data Systems Ltd has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade.
Local business woman, Elizabeth Tappenden, of In To Biz Ltd, has devoted the last 20 years to supporting more than 6,000 people in business start-up, and has helped to establish over 800 new businesses.
Clients of the Cowes-based enterprise include the long-term unemployed, people with disabilities or long-term sickness and ex-offenders.
She said: "I am delighted to have my work recognised in this way.
"My own success is a result of the hard work and dedication of my amazing client group and the businesses they run."
Marine Data Systems Ltd designs, manufactures and sells electronic marine navigation equipment.
It wins the award for the first time for its outstanding achievement having shown year on year growth of its overseas sales.
The company, based in Forest Road, Newport, has concentrated on improving its customer relations and extending its supply to OEM manufacturers and various navies.
It has also focused on the shipping refit business, prolonging the working life of shipping stock in the current economic climate.
Marine Data chief executive, Tim Ingram, said the award was a great honour.
He said: "It is a testimony to all of the staff at Marine Data who will continue to develop new products for both our commercial and military customers worldwide."