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The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are the highest accolade for outstanding achievement by UK businesses. Honouring outstanding UK companies, they encourage the development of British business and recognise companies in four categories:

International trade

Demonstrating growth in overseas earnings.

Proven commercial success through innovative products or services.

Sustainable development
Integrating environmental, social, economic and management aspects of sustainable development into their business.

Promoting opportunity (through social mobility)  

The awards are made each year by The Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister assisted by an Advisory Committee that includes representatives of Government, industry and commerce, and the trade unions. Winners enjoy a range of benefits, including worldwide recognition and extensive press coverage.

Winners are announced on The Queen's personal birthday, 21st April. Successful winners and their nominees are informed shortly before the announcement and invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace, which takes place in July. Buckinghamshire businesses normally receive the Award and their Grant of Appointment from the Lord-Lieutenant at a special ceremony normally arranged at the winner’s headquarters.

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