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Scottish firms win Queen's Awards

Innis & Gunn bottles
Innis & Gunn is the first beer company to win the award for 22 years

Twelve Scottish companies, ranging from a shortbread baker to a robotic limb maker, have gained Royal recognition.

Touch Bionics - which is based in West Lothian and makes robotic hands - won an award for innovation.

The speciality beer company Innis & Gunn became the first brewer to be honoured for 22 years with an award for international trade.

Other winners included Walkers Shortbread and Selex Galileo which makes radar systems.

The Radisson Hotel on Edinburgh's Royal Mile won an award for a commitment to reduce its environmental footprint.

The north east of Scotland was heavily represented in the awards list.

Four firms from Aberdeen working in the offshore and energy sector were all honoured for their international trade.

They are Abbot group, Hallin Marine, Balmoral and Sparrows.

Also in the north east, winch maker Alfred Cheyne from Banff was on the list as was Power Jacks from Fraserburgh.

The Edinburgh investment management company, Baillie Gifford, gained its third Queen's award for international trade.

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