Celebrations at Snap-on in Lynn. Picture: Paul Tibbs

Snap-on has received royal recognition for its double success in the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise with a formal presentation by Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk Lady Dannatt, at its King’s Lynn office.

The company is one of only six nationwide to have won in two categories this year, achieving prestigious awards in the innovation and international trade categories.

Guests included West Norfolk Mayor Geoffrey Hipperson, and the Deputy Lieutenant Tony Williams.

Snap-on was presented with two crystal bowls and two Grants of Appointment recognising the business’s double success.

Mark Ost, UK general manager for diagnostics and equipment at Snap-on, said: “This is an extremely special day for Snap-on. 

“We are continuing down our strategic path we started in 2012, which has ultimately led to industry-leading aftercare and these two exceptionally special awards.

“I am delighted to thank all of our associates for embracing that journey, which has led to something that we should all be exceptionally proud of.”

The award for innovation was in recognition of Snap-on’s all-in-one vehicle repair information resource, SureTrack.

The international trade award was received after the company demonstrated sustained growth and success in providing automotive diagnostic and equipment products, customer support, service and repair to European markets from its Lynn facility, on the Hardwick Industrial Estate.

Snap-on has based its diagnostics and equipment division in Lynn since 1967.

Lady Dannatt said: “It’s really important that on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, I say how immensely proud Norfolk is of Snap-on and how good for Norfolk an award like this is.

“The average length of time somebody works for Snap-on is 18 years.That says a huge amount about the company, about the kind of working environment, about the care and leadership.”

The awards, valid for five years, will enable Snap-on to fly the Queen’s Awards flag at its premises and use the emblem on its stationery, products and packaging.