Businesses receive Queen’s Awards

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise have recognised 139 businesses, ranging in size from three-person businesses to a company with more than 100,000 staff.

Prime minister Gordon Brown says the winners ‘embody the spirit of enterprise and innovation that is so vital to the future of Britain’s economy’.

The winners are divided into three categories: international trade, innovation and sustainable development.

The international trade category includes companies such as financial media group Euromoney Institutional Investor, Sheffield-based tool manufacturer Gripple and 2007 Business XL Rising Star Powerlase, which supplies several global manufacturers of consumer appliances.

Recognised for innovation were 41 companies including Land Rover, wound care product developer Activa Healthcare and frozen breads supplier Eurobuns; while 12 organisations including BT and Wessex Water were praised for sustainable development.

Alongside the business award winners, 11 individuals have been granted the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.

See also: 2008 Queen’s Awards Winners: the full list

Marc Barber

Marc Barber

Marc was editor of GrowthBusiness from 2006 to 2010. He specialised in writing about entrepreneurs, private equity and venture capital, mid-market M&A, small caps and high-growth businesses.

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