Still time to enter top enterprise awards

August 4, 2022

There is still time for enterprising businesses in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin to put themselves forward for a prestigious award.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are awarded to businesses for outstanding achievement in four categories: International Trade, Innovation, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity.

Entries close in September so Shropshire businesses are urged to start collating their entries now.

Anna Turner, the Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, said: “The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards available to UK businesses, and it’s a real feather in Shropshire’s cap that we have had so many winners in the past.

“The awards are seen as the ultimate seal of approval for businesses and, for those who win, the awards mean much more than a trophy and the right to use the logo and fly the flag. The worldwide recognition that they are a leader in business and an example for others to follow can provide a massive boost for a company’s image and reputation.”

The awards are open to small and large businesses alike from any industry sector. Previous winners in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin include Stallion AI Services Ltd, Jesmonite Ltd, Proto Labs Ltd and i2r Packaging Solutions Ltd.

The Lord-Lieutenant added: “It was great to see lots of businesses at the two events we held to launch the awards, and I hope a lot of them were inspired to submit entries for this year.

“Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin have always been a hotbed for enterprising industry, so I look forward to celebrating plenty more success when the winners are announced.”

Applications for the 2022 Queen’s Awards are open until midday on September 6. To be eligible, a company must be based in the UK, have at least two full time UK employees or part-time equivalents, file its company tax returns with HMRC, be a self-contained enterprise that markets its own products or services under its own management and demonstrate strong corporate social responsibility.

Winners receive an invitation to a Royal reception, a special crystal trophy presented by the Lord Lieutenant, the right to fly the award flag at its headquarters and use the logo in its marketing for five years as well as worldwide recognition as a winner.

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: | email:

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