WARRINGTON-based Rock Oil has won one of the highest commendations for British businesses at the 2020 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

The business, which can be found in Priestley Street, has been recognised for outstanding achievements in international trade.

Though famous for its involvement in motorsport, Rock Oil is also involved in a variety of industries, including agriculture, automotive, commercial, industrial, marine, and motorcycles.

Export sales are the pinnacle of the business, thanks to a reputation for quality proven on racetracks across the globe, as well as displaying the Made in Britain mark.

Rock Oil’s history with export partners began in 1983 when group chairman Charles Hewitt secured its first distributor in New Zealand on the strength of its support in motorcycle racing.

Partners in Australia and the United States followed soon afterwards and the annual total sales for the business has since increased to £35 million.

Charles Hewitt, said: “During the near 40 years I’ve been on the export trail, I have found it humbling to witness the absolute faith in British integrity and quality.

“The respect shown, globally, for the UK is fantastic.

“For Rock, it’s a privilege to showcase the UK and us personally.

“As a quality driven business, it accords with our objectives, whilst at the same time it is a massive tonic for staff morale to be appreciated in so many far-flung places.”

Alongside its trade achievements, Rock Oil undertakes extensive research and development work at its in-house laboratory to ensure that existing ranges are revisited and improved, and new products are designed to meet any emerging standards and approvals.

A spokesperson for the business added: “To that end we recently completed the development of our new head office and laboratory building equipped with more than £1 million of quality control and research and development testing equipment.

“Our recognition for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise would not have been possible without the hard work, dedication, and continued support of our staff and partners.

“We also owe a debt of gratitude to the Department for International Trade for their encouragement on our export journey, and to Warrington Council for being forward thinking, for supporting our company through multiple relocations through the years, and for their assistance in the development of our new offices in the centre of Warrington.

“We’re proud to be part of a business that represents the best of British, and to be able to showcase our manufacturing and technical innovations on a global stage.”

Rock Oil is stocked across the UK.