The Queen's Awards
for Enterprise Magazine
50th anniversary: 1966 - 2015

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Activity around The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise continues throughout the year.

More than 100 British businesses have received a Queen’s Award to recognise their contribution to enterprise.

All of this year’s (2015) winners are UK businesses leading the way in international trade, innovation and sustainable development in a broad range of sectors including car manufacturing, education, software design and fashion.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has today (21 April 2015) unveiled the 141 winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and 6 individual recipients of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.

The Queen’s Awards scheme is regarded as the most prestigious business awards in the country and 2015 marks its 50th anniversary.

This year, 105 businesses received awards for international trade; 24 for innovation and 12 for sustainable development.

Two small companies, Wavestore Ltd and Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging Ltd, achieved double recognition, receiving awards for both innovation and international trade.

In addition, 6 people who were nominated by their peers have been recognised for their efforts to encourage entrepreneurship in the UK with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. Winners include entrepreneurs, a professor of creative entrepreneurship and the founder of the Creative Innovation Centre in Somerset.

2014 Winners at the Queen's Awards Reception

Winners of the prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2014 celebrated their achievements alongside royalty and ministers at an event at Buckingham Palace on 14 July, hosted by the Queen, in recognition of their outstanding business success.

This year the success of 162 businesses has been recognised: 110 companies won Awards for International Trade; 39 for Innovation and 13 for Sustainable Development, benefitting the environment, society and the economy.

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Vince Cable said:

Companies that are growing, innovating and championing UK business overseas deserve the recognition that these awards bestow.

With more than 100 international trade winners this year, it is clear that Britain is emerging as a leader in selling its quality services and products throughout the world.

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock said:

The Queen’s Awards are a prestigious honour for a company to receive and the extent of this year’s winners shows what an enterprising nation we are.

The fact that small businesses can share these honours with large household names illustrates that they are the backbone of our economy and deserve to be recognised as such.

In addition to the corporate winners, eight individuals also won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, nominated by their peers for their efforts to encourage UK entrepreneurship. Their nominations show that, in addition to being full-time entrepreneurs, they have voluntarily passed their skills and experience on to others, involving themselves in education and providing help and support to develop people’s business skills.

The standard of entries to the Awards was exceptionally high, with 20% of entrants winning across a range of sectors and size of business, 18 of the winning companies had 10 employees or fewer, while 135 had fewer than 250 employees.

In addition to the royal reception, the corporate Award winners are presented with an engraved crystal bowl and Grant of Appointment at their place of business by a royal representative, so that the whole workforce can join in the celebrations.