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A company which has been given a Queen’s Award for enterprise in international trade has been built up to a multi-million pound shipping business by a man who reflects the true flavour of enterprise having started out as a runner in a shipping yard when his job as an apprenticeship toolmaker lost its appeal.

Andy Thorne, the managing director of Kestrel Liner Agencies (http://www.kestrel-liner.com) has developed his business from scratch by having a sharp eye for what makes a business work and by demonstrating a real commitment to personal customer service worldwide.

At the age of 11, having been taught to sail by his step-father who had sailed round the world twice,...

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