Businesses celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday with Queen’s Awards

Lily's Kitchen, Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts, and Darktrace among 243 companies recognised by the Queen for "being outstanding in their fields"

On the day of the Queen’s 90th birthday, Her Majesty has awarded more than 240 UK businesses with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Now in its 50th year, the Queen’s Award celebrates contributions to international trade, innovation, and sustainable development and intends to recognise “only those companies or individuals who are outstanding in their field”.

Gourmet pet food business Lily’s Kitchen and cyber security start-up Darktrace were among the businesses to receive a Queen’s Award, alongside Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts – founded by 2015 Startups Awards judge Nick Wheeler.

Big data start-up RealityMine, featured among the top 10 businesses in the Startups 100 2015 index, also received a Queen’s Award its work in international trade.

Of the 243 companies awarded, 49 were based in the South East, 35 in the North East and 34 in London. Wales and the North East had just 4 winning companies each while Northern Ireland had only two Queen’s Award-winning companies.

The chosen businesses will now be invited to attend a reception at Buckingham Palce in July and will be able to use the Queen’s Awards emblem in their advertising, marketing and packaging for the next five years.

Business secretary, Sajid Javid, commented:

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“The Queen’s Awards are a great way of celebrating the best of British business. Whether you’re a disruptive start-up making life easier for your customers or a large company with a blockbuster product, these awards recognise your contribution to enterprise.

“We are a country full of exciting and innovative businesses that deserve to be celebrated. I’d like to commend all the winners for their hard work in creating jobs for people and driving our growing economy.”


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