Last Chance to Win a “business knighthood”

Outstanding businesses still have time to enter this year’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and be in with a chance of winning a “business knighthood”, organisers have said.

The Queen’s Awards organisers have called on businesses which can demonstrate commercial success in one of the three categories – international trade, innovation and sustainable development – to apply before the 29th October deadline. Applicants must have at least two full-time employees or part-time equivalent.

Firms must have been running for at least two years to be eligible for the innovation or sustainable development categories, and at least three to enter the international trade category.

Described as a “knighthood for businesses”, winners are entitled to display the Queen’s Awards emblem on their stationery, advertising, marketing material and packaging for a period of five years. They will also be offered guidance on how to use their award to market their firm.

On the Queen’s Awards website, a spokesman for 2010 winner, Industrial Penstocks Ltd, a small manufacturer which creates valves and pipes, said:

“The award recognises our team’s achievements, reinforces our brand in a global marketplace and sets a benchmark for quality.”

For more information about the awards and to apply online, visit the Queen’s Awards for enterprise website.

The Queens Awards for Enterprise

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