The winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion have been named by the UK government’s Business Secretary Sajid Javid, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills announced on Thursday.
Making the announcement on the occasion of the Queen’s 90th birthday, Javid named the winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, as well as five individual recipients of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. A total of two hundred and forty-three businesses across the UK have received a new Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in recognition of their contribution to international trade, innovation and sustainable development.
This year’s winners include UK businesses that are said to be leading the way in a wide range of industries, such as cloud computing, medical device manufacture, pet health and sports broadcasting.
Awards for sustainable development were granted to seven businesses, while a further 92 businesses received awards for innovation. In the international trade category there were 150 winners, which reportedly indicates the high quality of entries from businesses showing outstanding growth in overseas earnings.
Innovation and international trade awards were given to six small and medium sized companies: Powder Systems Ltd, Peak Scientific Instruments, Liquid Gas Equipment Ltd, JCB Power, Vision RT and Inciner8 Limited, a double recognition for all six businesses.
Also, five people nominated by their peers have been recognised for their efforts to encourage entrepreneurship in the UK with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. The winners this year include several entrepreneurs who have worked with or mentored young people and helped encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs through the development of social enterprises.
Javid stated: “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.”
He added: “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.”
This year marks the 50th anniversary for the winners of the Queen’s Awards scheme, which is widely regarded as a provider of the most prestigious business awards in Britain. The winning businesses are presented with a crystal bowl as a mark of their achievement by a Royal representative. They are also invited to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace in July 2016. The winners will also be able to use the Queen’s Awards emblem in advertising, marketing and on packaging for the next five years.