Three Staffordshire companies have been recognised in the prestigious 2021 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. These highly regarded and sought-after awards represent the gold standard amongst business awards, providing winners with the opportunity to develop their businesses further.

The awards are open to UK-based businesses, including not-for-profit organisations, with a high proportion of winners being small to medium enterprises.

Winners are recognised globally as an outstanding British brand and afforded the opportunity to increase sales and growth. Winners are able to fly The Queen’s Awards flag at their main office and use the QAE emblem on marketing material. An official certificate and commemorative crystal trophy are presented by Her Majesty The Queen’s Lord Lieutenant for Staffordshire Mr Ian Dudson CBE KStJ.

Awards are made for outstanding achievement in four categories: International Trade, Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility, Innovation and Sustainable Development. And businesses can apply in more than one category.

In 2021, 205 UK businesses have been recognised, the following from Staffordshire and Congratulations go to them:

  • L A International Computer Consultants Limited, Stoke on Trent – International Trade
  • Laundry Efficiency Limited, Cannock – Sustainable Development
  • YMCA North Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent – Promoting Opportunity

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David Gage MBE DL, Staffordshire Deputy Lieutenant and Panel Champion for Business and Enterprise said “Once again it has been shown that Staffordshire is a truly enterprising county. I offer warm congratulations to our winners who have every reason to be very proud of their achievements. More than anything I encourage small businesses to apply and not to think that these awards are for larger organisations only.

So will 2022 be your year?

Applications for the 2022 Awards open on 1st May 2021 with the window to apply running until early September. Applications are free and are made online. Full details at https://www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise.