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Best of British business receive Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

By Adrian Davies

Companies from across the UK are celebrating winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise - the UK’s highest accolade for business success.

152 businesses have been recognised this year for their success: 116 exporting companies have won ‘Awards for International Trade’; 27 for ‘Innovation’, and nine for ‘Sustainable Development’ benefitting the environment, society and the economy.

Additionally eight individuals, nominated by their peers for their efforts to encourage UK entrepreneurship, have won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. Their nominations showed that as well as being full-time entrepreneurs, they voluntarily pass their skills and experience on to others, get involved in education and inspire students, and work to provide help and support to develop other peoples business skills. These eight business people, alongside the successful businesses, can now look forward to a Royal Reception at Buckingham Palace.

Business and Energy Minister, Michael Fallon said:

"The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are one of the most internationally-recognised and sought after awards that a UK business can achieve. They give companies prestige, an edge overseas and a well deserved boost."

"The Queen’s Awards highlight our strong entrepreneurial streak and the excellent businesses we have up and down the country who are growing, creating jobs, making a valuable contribution to the economy and helping us to compete in the global race. I applaud each and every one of the winners."

The standard of entries this year was high, with 25 per cent of entrants winning an Award. 14 of the winning companies have 10 employees or fewer; 133 have fewer than 250 employees.

Winning businesses come from a range of sectors including; building and construction, food and drink, and many more. They also range from enterprising small businesses, with just two employees, to household names such as Regatta and Tyrrells Potato Crisps.

There are multiple award winners this year in the ‘International Trade’ and ‘Innovation’ categories: Niftylift and Reid Lifting; and in Innovation and Sustainable Development: SPINKO trading as Harrison Spinks. Sun Mark has become the first ever company to win an award in five consecutive years.

Winners of The Queen’s Awards are visited by a Royal representative and presented with a crystal bowl to mark their achievement. They also attend a celebratory reception at Buckingham Palace. They can use The Queen’s Award Emblem in advertising, marketing and on packaging for a period of five years as a symbol of their quality and success.

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Adrian is the CEO of Winning Moves Ltd. He has vast experience of supporting businesses strategically to grow. He has a diverse background that covers marketing, structured finance and technology. Adrian has been responsible the creation of benchmarking centres in 9 countries, which have resulted in more than 5,000 businesses being supported to grow and be more efficient. As part of this, he has overseen the development of a suite of software products ( He has worked with businesses across many sectors and consistently receives very high levels of customer satisfaction as well as demonstrating significant impact on business performance. He is an adviser to the UK public sector, UNIDO and government agencies around the World on how to improve enterprise and create thriving SME economies.

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