The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious business awards, with companies recognised for excellence in the areas of:
- International Trade
- Sustainable Development
Companies receive significant benefits from the winning the Awards, including proof that they are the best in their industry, an enhanced reputation, a boost in staff morale and increased press and PR activity.
Winner also attend a reception at Buckignham Palace where Her Majesty The Queen announces the winners each year on her birthday, 21 April.
Online applications for the 2011 Awards are now available via BusinessLink. The closing date is 2pm on 29 October 2010.
UK companies that have been successful in the Queen’s Awards include some of the UK’s most recognisable brands, including Dyson, Walkers Shortbread Ltd and Brompton Bicycle Ltd.
But small and medium sized enterprises have also been rewarded, with many seeing a boost to their reputation and sales.
Ward Shoes Ltd won the 2010 award for International Trade. Nick Ward, junior manager, said:
“It was fantastic to be in the same room as royalty, and to be able to meet some real high flyers from huge global businesses. Our 22-strong team is miniscule in comparison to some of the companies represented, but we were held in the same high esteem because of the quality of what we do and the hard work we put in.”
Malvern Instruments won the 2010 award for Innovation. Paul Walker, managing director, said:
“We are delighted to win our sixth Queen’s Award. This achievement has instilled great pride in our very strong team and is the highest possible recognition of their contribution.
“Winning a Queen’s Award also adds value to our business by positioning, promoting and supporting our brand worldwide.”