Queen acknowledges outstanding British enterprises

150 businesses receive 2011 royal award

Her Majesty the Queen has awarded over 150 British businesses the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

The prestigious awards, which are bestowed each year, recognise businesses with outstanding achievements in the areas of sustainable development, international trade, innovation and enterprise promotion.

To apply, firms need to be employing only two full-time members of staff, meaning that several small companies and start-up enterprises are amid the winners. As well as being given an engraved chalice at a reception at Buckingham Palace, the award is formally conferred with a royal ‘Grant of Appointment,’ which business owners can use to boost their marketing efforts.

Among this year’s winners were Northern Irish business, Chain Reaction Cycles, in the International Trade category and a well-known Somerset success story, YeoValley Farms (Production), in the Sustainable Development category; for maintaining that their core business activities support sustainable British farming.

Maddy Harland, CEO of Permanent Publications, which was awarded in 2008 said:

“Winning the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development had many positive yields. Our US distributors and customers were notably impressed and it helped grow our business. The award also raised the eyebrows of some of our competitors and colleagues in the industry who henceforth took us far more seriously as a media company. We will be applying again.”

Business secretary Vince Cable, who presented the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, said:

“It’s wonderful to see that even with a difficult economic climate, individuals continue to find enterprising ways of working. It’s important we create the right conditions for Britain’s new and up-and-coming entrepreneurs to succeed and I strongly encourage businesses to start thinking about nominations for next year.”

How to apply

To be eligible for any of The Queen’s Awards categories, businesses must:

… Be based in the UK – Including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

… Operate as a business unit of the UK economy.

… Have at least two full-time employees or part-time equivalents.

… Be able to demonstrate commercial success.

The application and nomination period for The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2012 is now open and closes on October 31. Entry is free and forms can be completed and submitted online. Winners will be announced on April 21 2012.

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