A pionerring telephony company has won the nation’s highest business accolade.

Voipfone collected the Queen’s Award at a ceremony at the Royal Pavilion.

The award, in the Innovation category, is the latest in a long line of recognition for the ground-breaking company created by Colin Duffy from Brighton.

Voipfone grew out of iNet Telecoms Ltd which was founded in 2004 to develop telephone services using Voice over Internet Protocol.

Voipfone is a fast growing, profitable and successful company which, since 2012, has won virtually every award open to a telephone company – including one never given before to any telephone company, the Institute of Customer Services, Customer FocusAward.

The firm develops all its services inhouse, writing its own software. It invests 12% of gross revenue in original research and development which means it creates new and customised services.

Damian Green, minister of state, Home Office and Ministry of Justice, said: “Many congratulations to Voipfone on this tremendous award.

“It is always good to see local companies at the forefront of technology, taking on all-comers and matching them. I am sure the company will go from strength to strength and make the most of the opportunities available.”

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