Educational publisher The Highfield Group has been chosen for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise award by a panel of judges including the Prime Minister and leading figures from government and industry.

The announcement was made during the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations on 21 April.

Highfield is one of the UK’s largest exam boards and is actively involved in the development of the UK workforce and productivity, as well as contributing to government plans for three million apprenticeships by 2020.

Jason Sprenger, Highfield chief executive, said: “I’m incredibly proud of this fantastic achievement, which is a testament to our exceptional team and their dedication to our core values of quality, value, service and integrity. It is proving to be an amazing 12 months for Highfield.

“We are continuing to expand domestically and internationally, with offices recently opening in Sheffield, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, plus a new international headquarters planned for Doncaster later in 2016, and have numerous other blue chip companies that have committed to working with us going forward.”

Representatives from Highfield will receive the aware in person from the Queen at a ceremony at Bukingham palace on 14 July.