By Daniel Hunter
More than 100 British businesses have received a Queen’s Award to recognise their contribution to enterprise.
All of this year’s 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 has unveiled the 141 winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and six 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, six 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.