Calling all en­ter­pris­ing com­pa­nies

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Mon­k­lands firms are be­ing en­cour­aged to ap­ply for recog­ni­tion through the Queen’s awards for en­ter­prise.

The pres­ti­gious scheme re­wards “outstanding achieve­ment by UK busi­nesses in the cat­e­gories of in­no­va­tion, in­ter­na­tional trade, sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and pro­mot­ing op­por­tu­nity through so­cial mo­bil­ity”.

It is cur­rently be­ing pro­moted by the La­nark­shire Lieu­tenancy, which rep­re­sents the Queen in the county.

Deputy lieutenant Terry Cur­rie, chair of the lieu­tenancy busi­ness group, said: “We would wel­come en­quiries from busi­nesses about the awards.

“We have a close re­la­tion­ship with Busi­ness Gate­way La­nark­shire, and they are pre­pared to re­view whether in­di­vid­ual busi­nesses would meet the el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria for a Queen’s award.

“Al­though many large com­pa­nies have won the awards, the ma­jor­ity of win­ning busi­nesses have fewer than 250 em­ploy­ees.”

He also high­lighted the “sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits of win­ning a Queen’s award” – in­clud­ing around three-quar­ters of awardees re­port­ing that the sta­tus brought added com­mer­cial value, in­creased em­ployee en­gage­ment and press cov­er­age, while 57 per cent of in­ter­na­tional trade win­ners achieved in­creased recog­ni­tion over­seas.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, visit www. gov. uk/ queens- awards­forenter­prise or email lord. lieutenant@north­lan.gov.uk.

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