LONDON The official 'call for entries' for the 2006 Queen's Awards goes out this month and are open to any UK-based organisation with two or more people, which has excelled in any of three categories – International Trade, Innovation or Sustainable Development. The deadline for applications is October 31.
Stephen Brice, Secretary of The Queen's Awards Office, said, “I am sure there are a number of outstanding companies in the electronics sector who stand a good chance of winning a Queen's Award next year and I urge them to apply. Unlike other award schemes, there is no set number of Queen's Awards made each year, and it costs nothing to enter. Even the process of applying for an Award is good for business, as it allows companies to benchmark their achievements against others within and outside their industry.”
Alongside the prestige of winning and a reception at Buckingham Palace, a Queen's Award brings with it business benefits including widespread publicity and national and international recognition. Winners are also entitled to use the Queen's Award Emblem in marketing and operations, for a period of five years.
Applications submitted before September 1 can be checked by The Queen's Awards Office and, if necessary, further information requested to enhance applications. All unsuccessful entrants also receive written feedback on their application, helping them identify areas for improvement.
Application forms for The 2006 Queen's Awards for Enterprise are available now.
In addition to the business awards, nominations are also being sought for The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion – a new Award for individuals, launched in July 2004, to recognise people who have played a significant role in encouraging the growth of enterprise and/or entrepreneurial skills and attitudes in others.