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Hay Festival wins business honour

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One of Wales' largest cultural events has won an award for exporting its literary product.

The Hay Festival is one of 11 Welsh winners of The Queen's Award for Enterprise 2009.

The firm behind the festival, which takes place annually in Hay-on-Wye in Powys, has added Kenya and Lebanon to its list of locations for events.

Its award in the international trade category follows a doubling of overseas earnings to £2m over three years.

Director Peter Florence said new festivals would also be held at Nairobi in Kenya and Beirut in Lebanon.

Mr Florence said: "We're thrilled and proud because we have been working in Latin America and Europe for a few years now.

"It's thrilling that even in these hard times, the currency we deal in of stories and ideas has a great international market."

He said it was wonderful that a tiny company from rural Wales could become an international player.

The Hay Festival, which was dreamt up around a kitchen table in 1987, is now a multi-million pound operation.

The festival has attracted huge names from around the world, including former US presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

The Queen's Award for Enterprise also recognised other companies from around Wales - including Swansea, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Gwynedd and Flintshire - for their work.

Llanelli-based Daniels Fans, which manufactures industrial fans, won an award for international trade for the second time in five years.

Some 90% of the firm's fans are exported to Australia, America and Europe.

And Beverley Pold, who works for the Chwarae Teg/Fair Play charity in Cardiff, won an award for her work in promoting enterprise in Wales since 1984, particularly among women.

The number of Welsh companies to win an award was double the previous year.

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