Queen’s Awards for Enterprise winners to celebrate at palace

Winners of this year’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are celebrating their achievements at the Department for Business and Buckingham Palace today.

Eight individuals have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, for “outstanding voluntary efforts to support and encourage UK entrepreneurship”: 

  • Raj Dey, CEO and founder of Enternships
  • Richard Gallafent, senior partner at Gallafents LLP 
  • Claire Dove, CEO of Blackburne House Group
  • Lady Cunningham, enterprise development coach at Ways Into Successful Enterprise
  • Michael Herd, executive director at The Sussex Innovation Centre
  • Ian Smith, vice principal at Surbiton High School for Girls
  • John Vernon, business advisor at Oxfordshire Business Enterprises
  • Professor Elizabeth Towns-Andrews, director of research and enterprise at University of Huddersfield
As well as being presented with their grants of appointment, the eight individuals will be congratulated by Business Secretary Vince Cable, Business Minister Michael Fallon and the other 2013 Queen’s Awards business winners.

Later today, the corporate winners will attend an event at Buckingham Palace, hosted by the Queen, in recognition of their “outstanding business success”.

A total of 152 corporate Queen’s Awards were announced for outstanding business achievement. 116 of these are exporting companies which have won awards for “International Trade”, 27 for “Innovation” and nine for “Sustainable Development”, benefitting the environment, society and the economy.

Among others, winners feature companies that Real Business has written about over the years, including: Fever Tree, Nails Inc, Sun Mark, Workspace Group, NanoSight, Neon Play, Tyrrells Potato Crisps and many more.

In addition to the Royal reception, the corporate award winners will be presented with an engraved crystal bowl and grant of appointment at their office by a Royal representative, so that the whole workforce can join in the celebrations.

“It’s right that companies which are pushing forward, reinvesting and working hard to champion UK business here and abroad get this well-deserved recognition,” says Business Secretary Vince Cable. 

“I hope the awards and today’s celebrations will encourage even more businesses to enter next year and inspire more entrepreneurs to start or grow their own business. I applaud each and everyone of today’s winners.”

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