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Businesses urged to consider Queen's awards for competitive edge - Perthshire Chamber of Commerce

Businesses urged to consider Queen's awards for competitive edge

As a business support organisation, Perthshire Chamber of Commerce is always keen to highlight ways in which businesses can increase their profile and raise awareness of who they are and what they do with the aim of growing and developing the business.  One of the ways a company can do this is to enter awards, and one of the most recognised business awards is The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.  These are the business equivalent of the individual honours, such as MBE’s, where people are nominated for their achievements, and businesses can nominate themselves for a Queen’s Award in a range of categories including exporting, innovation and supporting their communities.  Having this badge of honour can really showcase a business or organisation to a wide audience and also provide that competitive edge when potential customers are making their supplier choices – which would be a welcomed boost in an extremely challenging trading environment. 

Stephen Leckie (pictured below), The Lord-Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, who is a past President of the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, would welcome the opportunity for local businesses to be rewarded for their contribution and would encourage businesses within Perth and Kinross to consider nominating themselves for a Queen’s Award and receiving just recognition for all their hard work and success.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

In my capacity as Lord-Lieutenant for Perth and Kinross, I would like to promote The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise within the local business community.

First established in 1966, The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are recognised as the most prestigious business awards in the UK. To date, over 7000 companies have received a Queen’s Award.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are open to applications from businesses in every sector throughout the UK. Whether a small business with a great innovative product or service, or a larger company running an impressive social mobility programme, these awards are a significant way to recognise a company’s contribution to enterprise.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise recognise outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of:

  • Innovation
  • International Trade
  • Sustainable Development and
  • Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility)

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are free to enter and the very process of entering can be a worthwhile and fruitful process, revisiting the catalyst to create the business, how it has developed and its aims for the future. Global competition is becoming tougher and applying for, and receiving an award, presents an opportunity to gain a competitive advantage going forward.

If your company wins, you will be:

  • Invited to a Royal reception;
  • Presented with the award at your company by the Lord Lieutenant, the Queen’s representative;
  • able to fly The Queen’s Awards flag at your main office, and use the emblem on your marketing materials including packaging, advertisements, stationery and website; and
  • given a Grant of Appointment (official certificate) and a commemorative crystal trophy,

Winners have reported benefiting from worldwide recognition, increased commercial value, greater press coverage and a boost to staff morale.

Perthshire is full of exciting and innovative businesses and what would be a better way to be recognised and rewarded for their contribution to the local economy, than to celebrate with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise?

In 2016, Managing Director of Merlin ERD, Iain Hutchison, described his award as “a magnificent honour – to win not one but two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is and exceptional achievement. It is a testimony to the hard work and dedication of this team; it reinforces our position as industry leaders in advanced drilling technologies on a global scale”.

Applications for 2023 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise will open in May 2022 and the closing date for entries will be the first week of September 2022.

Further information is available online at https://www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise  or alternatively, please contact one of my Deputy Lieutenants; Charlie Gallagher or Alex Cairncross via the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce (info@perthshirechamber.co.uk).

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