Leeds based creative marketing agency OTB Agency has been honoured with a Queen's Award for Enterprise for International Trade. Announced today (Tuesday 21 April), OTB Agency has been recognised for outstanding growth in overseas sales, achieving a rise of 560% in export sales from 22% to 52% of their overall business within three years. OTB Agency's top markets are Eire, CEMEA, Asia Pacific, and the USA and the company has been honoured with the Queens Award specifically for their overseas work.

Now in its 54th year, the Queen's Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen's Awards emblem for the next five years.

OTB Agency was established in Leeds in 2006 as a creative marketing agency with strong roots in the financial and financial technology sector, much of which is based outside of the UK. They are experts in helping clients unlock and utilise a wide range of innovative marketing and communications techniques. They combine the very best of digital and offline techniques to generate the best results for some of the best organisations in the world - and for some who aspire to be.

Mark Davies, chairman of OTB Agency says: "We are mindful of the current situation around the world due to the pandemic and have considered carefully how to communicate our thoughts on winning this prestigious award. We see it as recognition of our team's hard work and we are truly delighted, but these are exceptional times and our thoughts are with everyone, here in the UK and around the world."

"Yorkshire has an outstanding reputation for finance and digital communications (now, over 33% of the UK's internet traffic passes through Leeds, making it one of the most important regional internet centres in the UK). We feel we are particularly well placed to help support the reputation of Leeds for being a centre of excellence in marketing and communications. If our experiences can help and support other local business (as they support us), then this is a responsibility we enjoy."

Jo Waddington, managing partner at OTB Agency adds: "We identified an opportunity to take our services overseas, providing a diverse range of businesses, including those within the financial services sector, with a unique blend of creative expertise and cutting edge communication strategies. Appropriate for B2C and B2B, our work develops new ways to deliver fully coherent and joined up product and marketing tools for our clients and it is a privilege to be recognised for our overseas work with this exceptional award."

OTB Agency will celebrate its award during a royal reception for Queen's Awards' winners in the summer at Buckingham Palace.