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Queen’s awards invite applications from finance sector

Successful finance companies are being invited to apply now for a chance to win a Queen’s Awards for Enterprise – the UK’s most prestigious award for business-related achievement.

The official ‘call for entries’ for the 2006 queen’s awards went out in June, targeting successful firms from all sectors across the UK. The awards are open to any UK-based organisation with two or more people, which has excelled in any of three categories – international trade, innovation, or sustainable development. The deadline for applications is 31 October 2005.

Alongside the prestige of winning and a reception at Buckingham Palace, a queen’s award brings with it genuine business benefits – notably widespread publicity, national and international recognition, and enhanced staff pride and morale. Winners are also entitled to use the queen’s award emblem as a recognised ‘badge of success’ throughout their marketing and operations, for a period of five years.

Organisers recommend that companies apply early. Applications submitted before 1 September can be checked by the queen’s awards office and, if necessary, further information requested to enhance applications. Application forms for the 2006 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are now available at www.queensawards.org.uk, or call 08705-134486.