The Queen recognises eight individuals for championing entrepreneurship

Eight inspiring Brits have been awarded by the Queen for their commitment to boosting enterprise in the UK.

Recognised for passing on their business skills and knowledge, entrepreneurs such as patent attorney Richard Gallafent, who created ideas21 to provide free intellectual property advice, will be presented with the award at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace.

Among the youngest of the entrepreneurs to receive the life-long award was 27 year-old Rajeeb Dey (pictured), who founded graduate recruitment platform Enternships and Student Voice, a representative body for school students, as well as co-founding start-up business support group StartUp Britain.

Recommended to the Queen by prime minister David Cameron from a number of nominations, the entrepreneurs also included executive director of The Sussex Innovation Centre Mike Herd, Oxfordshire Business Enterprises advisor John H. Vernon and head teacher Ian Smith, for his commitment to young enterprise.

The prestigious award also went to Huddersfield University lecturer Professor Elizabeth Towns-Andrews, for her dedicated business start-up unit, founder of Liverpool-based Women’s Technology and Training Centre Claire Dove, and Lady Cunningham, who supports entrepreneurialism in West Cumbria with Ways Into Successful Enterprise (WISE).

Rajeeb Dey commented on the ceremony, which will see each of the recipients presented with an engraved crystal chalice: “It is an absolute honour to receive such a prestigious award.

“At a time of unprecedented levels of youth unemployment it’s essential we all play our part in supporting young people in seeing entrepreneurship as a viable and rewarding career path.

“To be acknowledged by Her Majesty for my work in this arena is testament to the fact that young people in the UK are more than able to make a difference to the future of the British economy.”

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