Queen's Awards winners announced
Companies from across the UK have been named as winners of the Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2010, the UK's most prestigious accolade for business success.
In addition, 11 individuals have received The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion (QAEP) for their inspiring efforts to encourage UK entrepreneurship.
The winning firms cover a vast range of business sectors including architecture and design, building and construction, transport, electronics and technology, manufacturing and engineering, finance, tourism and leisure, medical and pharmaceuticals, food and drink, oil and gas, media and marketing, metals, plastics and packaging, safety and surveillance, printing, recycling and more. They range from enterprising small businesses with as few as three employees to household names such as the FA Premier League, food company Walkers Shortbread, and bicycle manufacturer Brompton Bicycle.
Winners of the Queen's Awards enjoy widespread respect from their peers, a company visit by a Royal representative during the year to present a crystal bowl and a special reception at Buckingham Palace in July. They are also entitled to 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.
In a recent survey of Queen's Awards winners:
- 77% of winners reported the win had brought added commercial value to their business
- 73% of winners saw employee engagement rise
- 73% of winners gained extra press coverage
- 85% of winners said the impact of winning a Queen's Award met or exceeded their expectations
- 57% of International Trade winners achieved increased recognition overseas.
The full list of winners can be found on the Queen's Awards website www.queensawards.org.uk