Why more North East businesses should apply for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise
By Andrew Hodgson, Chief Executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership
In April 2018 three North East companies were awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise; a fantastic accolade for our region and a testament to the strength of our growing North East economy.
Esh Group, the Honeyman Group and Gate 7 joined the prestigious list of UK companies to be honored by The Queen for outstanding achievement in one of the following four areas: innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility.
The majority of entrants for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise come from the South East and London and that’s something I’d like to see change.
I know first hand the benefits of winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Whilst I was chief executive of Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD), we were awarded the honour a total of three times; once for our work in exporting and twice in recognition of the company’s innovative engineering talent.
The award brings with it a huge amount of prestige and can make you stand out from your competitors. It’s a fantastic way to raise awareness of your company and attract interest from potential new clients.
It can also help you move into new markets by giving the company a stamp of quality others cannot match. It’s worth noting that in some global markets, a Queen’s Award for Enterprise carries more prestige than here in the UK.
Outside of the commercial benefits, the award also instills a huge amount of pride in employees. It recognises everyone’s hard work and contribution to delivering an outstanding level of service.
Entries to this year’s Queen’s Award for Enterprise are open from 8 May to 12 September 2018. It’s free to enter and there’s lots of helpful information on the gov.uk website to guide you along the way. Despite what you may have heard, the application process is not a difficult one as long as you dedicate some time it.
It would be fantastic to see more entrants from the North East this year. As a region we have a lot to shout about and some of the work we deliver is world leading.
For more information about the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and to enter, visit the official gov.uk website.
Let’s fly the flag for North East businesses.
Chief Executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership