Queen’s Awards seek top companies


The call for entries goes out this month for the 2007 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise – the UK’s top business awards, widely regarded as the equivalent of corporate knighthoods.

Outstanding businesses from all sectors, including construction, are being invited to apply for the Awards in one or more of three categories; International Trade, Innovation or Sustainable Development.

The Awards are open to any business based in the UK with two or more people. This year, 145 companies – large and small – won a Queen’s Award, including a number from the construction sector, benefiting from recognition, publicity, staff motivation and use of The Queen’s Award Emblem for five years. Impressively, 92% of the 137 Award winners last year said they thought winning a Queen’s Award had brought added commercial value to their firm, with 22% noticing a significant increase in new business since winning the Award.

“This is a chance for a company to be recognised as a leader in its market and one of the top businesses in the UK,” says Stephen Brice, Secretary to The Queen’s Awards Office. “There is no limit to the number of Awards available each year – if a company’s achievements are deemed truly outstanding for its sector, then it stands a good chance of winning an Award.”

Over the next few months, officials from The Queen’s Awards Office will be touring the country to promote the Awards, supported by talks and presentations from past winners.

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