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Leicestershire businesses urged to highlight achievements in Queen’s Award for Enterprise

High-flying businesses across Leicestershire have been encouraged to apply for one of the UK’s top enterprise awards to celebrate their success and reignite confidence in the local economy.

Applications are now open for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise scheme, which has four categories recognising achievements in areas such as international trade, innovation and sustainability.

And once economic recovery in Leicester gets underway following the current local lockdown, the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire Mike Kapur OBE believes the awards are an ideal platform to showcase the city and county’s industrial strengths.

He said: “It’s rare for me to come across a local organisation that knows about the Queens Award for Enterprise and yet we have some incredible businesses here.

“Now more than never, we need Leicestershire to start to feel good about itself and for our businesses to be properly rewarded for their great achievements by gaining the highest accolade in the UK – and I’m committed to making this happen.”

The Lord Lieutenant has established a workstream to promote the awards to local businesses and has appointed as its chairman Ian Borley, who recently retired as senior partner at KPMG’s East Midlands practice.

Mr Borley said: “I’m very pleased, and honoured, to be asked to lead this group of some of Leicestershire’s best-known business leaders in the task of encouraging the county’s successful businesses to apply for a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

“As befits the pre-eminent business award in the UK, a Queen’s Award is not easy to win – but well worth the effort to those who succeed.

“For example, 73% of past winners have directly attributed increased sales to holding the Queen’s Award and 79% said it gave a boost to staff morale. This is a great way to give your business a real competitive edge.”


Queen’s Award for Enterprise categories

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise comprises four categories: international trade, innovation, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility.

Working with Mr Borley on the workstream to promote the awards are:

  • Richard Brucciani OBE DL – Chairman of PAL International
  • Mehmooda Duke MBE DL – Managing Director of Moosa-Duke Solicitors, President of Leicester Law Society and Chair of Leicestershire County Cricket Club
  • Priyesh Patel MBE DL – Managing Director of Cofresh
  • Rory Underwood MBE DL – Managing Director of Wingman and Non-Executive Director of Leicester Tigers
  • Susan Whelan DL – CEO of Leicester City Football Club
  • Rick Blackmore – Regional Director of the CBI
  • Kevin Harris – Chairman of LLEP and Senior Partner of RSM Leicester
  • Scott Knowles – Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber of Commerce


East Midlands Chamber on why Leicestershire businesses should apply for Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Scott Knowles, Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire), said: “Some of the region’s best business success stories in recent years have been told through the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, and it’s a tremendous platform that can propel local companies into a national arena.

“Leicester has endured some challenging times recently but any opportunity to shine a positive light on the city and wider area is welcomed – and we’d urge businesses that believe they have prospered in the face of adversity to share their achievements far and wide.”

Mr Borley added: “I fully understand that most businesses have a huge amount on their plates right now and feel that business awards may not be top of their priority list presently. However, I would urge them to re-think.

“This is not a nice-to-have – winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise adds real and long-lasting value to your business and would give you a competitive advantage just when you need it most.”

Businesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire are also urged to apply for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, and applications are open until 9 September.

Any business wanting to know more should contact the Lieutenancy Office for information and tips about the application process and eligibility criteria at Lieutenancyoffice@leics.gov.uk or visit www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise.