THE Duke of Kent flew into Dorset to present a Poole company with the UK’s most prestigious business accolade, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

BOFA International of Balena Close, Creekmoor, was started by its chairman David Cornell in 1987 and is a world leader in fume extraction technology.

It is still run as a family business with Mr Cornell’s sons Christian and Lawrence.

The company designs, develops and manufactures extraction and filtration equipment for a range of industries, including electronics, laser engraving and marking, pharmaceutical, printing, dental and beauty.

All its products are made in Britain and exported to more than 100 countries worldwide, with export sales accounting for 80 per cent of revenue. Combined with subsidiary company BOFA Americas, group annual turnover is more than £12 million.

Mr Cornell said: “2012 has been a special year for BOFA. In the spring we celebrated our 25th anniversary and this was soon followed by the news of the Queens Award which we see as the ultimate endorsement of our business success. We would like to take this opportunity thank all our customers, suppliers and staff.”

Earlier in the day the Duke, who landed by helicopter at Bournemouth International Airport, opened a new academy for apprentices at Superior Seals in Ferndown.

He also made a private visit to the RNLI in Poole, as he is the charity’s president.