By DFaniel Hunter

Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk is calling on the most innovative companies in the UK to step forward to be in with a chance of winning a prestigious business award from Her Majesty the Queen.

The Minister made the call for companies to enter the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise as some of the most innovative regional firms showcased their talents at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in Sheffield.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the highest accolade a business can receive in the UK and some of this year’s winners are presenting their products to the public in South Yorkshire. The displays include recycled fabrics from Camira Fabrics Ltd and specialised industrial clothing from Microgard Ltd.

“The quality of winners from the 2012 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise was the highest ever, with over 200 companies being recognised across the UK, and 20 alone from Yorkshire and the Humber," Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk said.

"The companies on display in Sheffield are a credit to local and national business as their determination and success will help boost the UK economy.

“The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise can make a real difference to a business’s prospects and provide national recognition for outstanding achievements. I would encourage companies from across the UK to apply for next year’s awards and make 2013 even more successful than this record breaking year of enterprise.”

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise showcase will be on display from Friday, 17 August until Tuesday, 4 September at BIS, St Paul’s Place, Sheffield.

Entry is now open for the 2013 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and will close on Friday, 28 September 2012 (www.queensawards.org.uk). The winners of the 2012 awards have been invited to attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, 13 November.

This year the Government is running the Business in You campaign to inspire more people to start or grow their business backed by a range of existing business support services provided by the public and private sectors. More information is available at www.businessinyou.bis.gov.uk.

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