230 businesses have been announced as winners of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s 92nd birthday.
Now in its 52nd year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is the most prestigious business award in the country, with winning businesses recognised as being among the best in the country and able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next 5 years.
This year, 230 businesses from across the UK have been recognised for their contribution to international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting opportunity. A record 152 businesses are winning an award for International Trade.
Winners in the North West include businesses leading the way in a broad range of industries – from nuclear decommissioning through to pet food.
Successful businesses in the North West include:
- 15 winners of the international trade award;
- 5 winners of the innovation award; and
- 2 winners of the sustainable development award.
Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “The UK has some of the most entrepreneurial and innovative minds in the world delivering jobs, growth and greater choice for consumers and I am proud to see a wealth of these businesses being recognised today.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, supporting more than 1 million jobs and revenues of £111 billion in the North West. Through our Industrial Strategy we are building a Britain in which they will continue to thrive.”
Elucigene Diagnostics, a molecular diagnostics company based in the heart of Manchester’s innovation district, won an award for international trade with more than 80% of Elucigene’s annual sales coming from exports.
Dr Mark Street-Docherty, Elucigine Diagnostics Chief Executive, said: “We are thrilled to have won this most prestigious award. Taking a UK-only approach to our sales would not have delivered the strong growth we wanted to see and it is great to be flying the flag for UK life sciences internationally.
“Winning the Queen’s Award has been a tremendous team effort and it is a wonderful vote of confidence as we look to the next phase of our growth.”