AN Acton firm has received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.

Therapy Box, which specialises in developing apps for people with speech and physical disabilities, to enable them to communicate, is one of the smallest businesses to have the accolade.

The award was in recognition of technology that has helped transform many people’s lives.

Co-founders Rebecca Bright and Swapnil Gadgil were invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the achievement and meet the Queen.

Following this, an intimate celebratory event took place at Therapy Box’s offices at Sun Studios, Warple Way, where the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir David Brewer, presented the pair with a chalice and scroll.

It was attended by many of Therapy Box’s business associates, clients and friends, including the MP for Ealing Central and Acton, Angie Bray.

Rebecca Bright, co-founder and speech therapist, said: “The past 12 months have been an incredible time for us, but this recognition is the icing on the cake.”

Therapy Box was founded four years ago and produces smartphone and tablet apps for people with severe communication and physical disabilities.

It allows them to communicate, even with the smallest of movements, such as using a finger or puffing air.

Its first smartphone app, Predictable, was launched in 2011 and has since been translated into seven languages.

The company currently has a team of 11 in the UK and 15 in India responsible for development.