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Dozens of Businesses scoop Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

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The awards, which have been running since 1966, are given for success in innovation, international trade and sustainable development.

The business secretary, Vince Cable, said: “Companies that are growing, innovating and championing UK business overseas deserve the recognition that these awards bestow.

“With more than 100 international trade winners this year, it is clear that Britain is emerging as a leader in selling its quality services and products throughout the world.”

International trade winners include construction software company COINS, which boosted international turnover by 65 per cent between 2011 and 2013.

Founder and group chairman Larry Sullivan said: “We are delighted to have won the Queen’s Award, one of the UK’s highest business accolades. The success of our organisation is down to the people in it, who are focused on helping our clients achieve positive business outcomes.”

Penta Consulting, a global telecoms recruitment firm also scooped the international trade accolade.

Paul Clark, CEO and co-founder said. “It is a remarkable honour for us all to be celebrating a Queen’s Award for the second time and it’s tremendous recognition for the outstanding team working at Penta both here in the UK and overseas.

“As a relatively small company with 80 staff we are extremely proud to be flying the flag for UK business all over the world, particularly in the emerging markets and helping to boost the UK economy. It also shows that we are on the right track in terms of our business strategy and customer focus.”

Sustainable development awards winners include Nikwax, which makes environmentally friendly coating and cleaning products for outdoor clothes.

Nikwax founder Nick Brown said: “Taking the ethical route rather than the easy-money road is a difficult decision for some, but minimising our environmental impact was always the way for me.

“I feel immense pride when I see our product on the high street and know they are going some way to preserving the environment around us – it’s a win for the customer and conservation. Winning this fourth Queen’s Award is a great endorsement that says, yes, you’re doing alright, keep going”

Full list of winners. 

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