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01 Aug 2022

Black Country businesses urged to apply for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

Black Country businesses are being urged to apply for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2022. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of: Innovation; International trade; Sustainable development; Promoting opportunity through social mobility.

Described as the UK’s most prestigious business awards, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are designed to recognise and promote business excellence and drive growth enabling successful organisations benefit from world-wide recognition.

Tom Westley DL, Chair of the Black Country Board said: “The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise bring real benefit to businesses and we are keen that companies across the Black Country and wider West Midlands apply so that they are recognised for their achievements.

“The application process is incredibly accessible and winners will benefit from improved opportunities to break into new markets through increased brand awareness and recognition all of which will drive growth and attract investment opportunities.”

To apply for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise an organisation must: Be based in the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man); File its Company Tax Returns with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC); Be a self-contained enterprise that markets its own products or services and is under its own management; Have at least 2 full-time UK employees or part-time equivalents; Demonstrate strong corporate social responsibility; and an organisation can be a business or non-profit.

Fortress Interlocks Ltd, whose headquarters are in Wolverhampton, were successful in the International Trade award category for outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales over a three-year period. Malcolm Sharp, Sales Director commented: “This is our third award, and we are proud to display the Queens Award logo on our documentation. More than 75% of our business is outside of the UK and the award generates interest and respect from our prospective customers. The Queen’s Awards are viewed as highly prestigious and further enhance Fortress’ growing reputation, particularly in Asia and the USA.”

Winning organisations will attend a Royal Reception to receive their award from on of The Queen’s representatives, a Lord-Lieutenant and be able to fly The Queen’s Awards flag and use the emblem on marketing materials. Each winning organisation is given a Grant of Appointment (an official certificate) and a commemorative trophy. Each award is valid for 5 years.

For further information and to start the application process visit:

For Assistance and Consultation: Contact the West Midlands Lieutenancy on 0121 222 5040. The deadline for applications is midday 6 September 2022.

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