As a double Queen’s Award winner for 2019, we were invited to attend a winners reception at Buckingham Palace.
We had the incredible pleasure to meet with HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. He congratulated us on our double Queen’s Award and asked us about the great work we’re doing to achieve these two awards.
The Prince of Wales also asked us about Industry 4.0, digital transformation, internships and graduate schemes and talked enthusiastically about inspiring future generations.
It was an honour to meet Prince Charles and to be at Buckingham Palace surrounded by other great UK companies, and it made us even more proud to win two Queen’s Awards.
Alongside The Prince of Wales, who was hosting the reception on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, The Duke of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent and Princess Beatrice were also in attendance.
More than 200 businesses, including 151 small and medium enterprises, were awarded Queen’s Awards for Enterprise back in April. Only 6 of those companies, including us, were double award winners.
In September we will receive a Grant of Appointment (an official certificate) and a commemorative crystal trophy for each award from the Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs, on behalf of Her Majesty.
As a winner, we are also able to fly The Queen’s Awards flag at our offices, the flagpole will be installed at the Barley Store very soon!
The Awards, now in its 53rd year, are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses, with companies from across the UK recognised for their contribution in four categories; international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting opportunity.
This year there were:
• 129 International Trade winners
• 61 Innovation winners
• 6 Sustainable Development winners
• 5 Promoting Opportunity winners
Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst said:
“The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise acknowledge outstanding achievement in British business and I was delighted to see the winners recognised by The Prince of Wales.
“The event shone a light on the incredible work of businesses across the country and I was impressed to see the wealth of talent and innovation represented at Buckingham Palace. It is a fitting honour for the sheer hard work and determination it takes to start and run a successful business. Our modern Industrial Strategy champions businesses across the country – and a prestigious Queen’s Award will be the envy of many them.”
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy run the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise awards and announced the 2019 winners to honour Her Majesty The Queen’s 93rd birthday on April 21.