A FIRM helping keep trucks and buses running was given a royal command when it welcomed a VIP to its Elland premises.
The Duke of Kent toured the Lowfields headquarters of Feather Diesel Services during a visit to Yorkshire yesterday.
And he was so impressed by the company, that he suggested managing director Steve Smith and his team apply for a Queen’s Award.
Mr Smith said: “It was almost a royal command, so I’m sure we will have that as one of our targets!”
Feather Diesel Services is the UK’s leading centre for the supply, maintenance and repair of diesel fuel injection systems..
The company, which employs 40 people includes major names such as MAN ERF, Volvo, Iveco, Nissan, Isuzu, Ford and Mazda among its customers.
The Duke, who has a keen interest in business, was welcomed by Mr Smith and marketing director Jeff Morley.
Mr Smith said: “The royal visit was to promote the fact that we are ‘top of the tree’ in our industry, but also to promote business in Calderdale.”
He said the Duke was impressed with the company’s record for training its technicians and by the technology used to build fuel injection systems to meet ever-tighter emission levels and improve fuel economy.
Mr Smith said the company was busy, despite the general economic climate. “We are hitting budget and maintaining a good profit margin.”
The Duke, who was accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe, also visited Otley and Haworth during his day in Yorkshire.