Nik Kotecha and Liam Fox (right).

A pharmaceutical business is one of nine in the Midlands to be honoured by the Department for International Trade with a Board of Trade Award.

Dr Nik Kotecha, chief executive of Loughborough-based Morningside Pharmaceuticals, re-ceived the award from trade secretary Liam Fox. The award recognises companies that have brought innovation and prosperity to the UK.

“As a leader in the medical field, Morningside Pharmaceuticals is a fantastic advocate for in-ternational trade. Having exported to over 100 countries worldwide, the company represents the best of British on the global stage,” Fox said.

Dr Kotecha said: “It’s a great honour to receive this award, particularly as it’s about working within the community to deliver prosperity and to champion free trade.”

He added: “In particular, I have been working to promote exporting to countries outside of the European Union, which is essential if the UK is to make a success of Brexit.

“I hope our work will help maximise the potential of the Midlands engine to drive this region’s exports to new heights, as well as to support businesses with exploring successful trade opportunities around the world.”