The deadline for the Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2012 is fast approaching and businesses in the Highlands and Islands are being urged to apply. Across the UK, businesses have until midnight on the 31 October to apply for an award.
The Queen's Award for Enterprise is recognised in the UK and overseas and is respected as a mark of quality and success by the business community.
Businesses may apply for the business Award in one, two, or all of the three categories of The Queen's Award for Enterprise. These are: International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development. To qualify for a business award, the business must have the equivalent of two full time employees.
The competition is free to enter and every unsuccessful applicant will receive detailed feedback about the strengths and weaknesses of their case, so it is a useful benchmarking exercise and a good investment of a company's time.
Previous winners include KP Technology Ltd in Caithness and Loch Duart Ltd in Sutherland.
In July 2004 an award for individuals - The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion (QAEP) - was introduced to recognise and reward people who have promoted business enterprise and entrepreneurial skills and attitudes in others.
If someone has played an outstanding and significant role in promoting enterprise in various ways, such as working with young people, inspiring young entrepreneurs, or providing much needed mentoring, investment, skills training and encouraging innovation, they may be nominated within the QAEP category.
Business Award applications or Individual Award nominations can be made on-line right up until the midnight deadline on 31 October 2011. For further information, visit www.businesslink.gov.uk/queensawards or call 020 7215 6880.