The attendees were announced as this year’s winners of the Queen’s Award For Enterprise 2011 and are people who have played an outstanding and significant role in promoting the growth of business enterprise and entrepreneurial skills and attitudes in others.
Before the reception, Business Secretary Vince Cable presented those present with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, as the Government is keen to promote a culture of enterprise and entrepreneurship, to make sure Britain’s businesses are able to drive forward the economic recovery.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion is one of four awards under the umbrella title of The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. There are three awards for outstanding achievement by businesses in the categories of Innovation, International Trade and Sustainable Development.
Dr Cable said: “It’s wonderful to see that, even with a difficult economic climate, individuals continue to find enterprising ways of working and helping others to establish their businesses.”
Recipients received an engraved chalice and a Grant of Appointment, as well as the honour of the award and of attending the Royal event. Representatives from each winning business also attended the reception.
The Business Secretary went on to say: “It’s important we create the right conditions for Britain’s new and up-and-coming entrepreneurs to succeed and I strongly encourage businesses to start thinking about nominations for next year.”
The awards are made annually by The Queen and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category. They are judged to a demanding level and winners receive a number of benefits and worldwide recognition.
Previous winners of the Innovation, International Trade and Sustainable Development awards have come from a diverse selection of business sectors, including large and small businesses.
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