Congratulations to all the recipients of this year's Queen's Awards for Enterprise. Your stories of commitment, ambition, success and, yes, enterprise are an inspiration to all of us. Your achievement is all the more significant given the economic challenges, but it is heartening to learn that the winners represent just 25 per cent of the businesses which applied, indicating that there are plenty more positive stories about businesses excelling in International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development.
Special mention, and indeed thanks, must go to the eight individuals whose time, effort and advice has been recognised through The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Promotion. Your contribution to encouraging and nurturing entrepreneurship is enormously valued and a real talent. Long may it continue.
Once again, The Queen's Awards for Enterprise provide a positive glimpse into the business world. It clearly demonstrates that Great Britain can still innovate, it can still manufacture and it can still sell. The winners come from across the United Kingdom and not just from the cities, but they are just the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty more aspiring businesses and somehow there must be a way of helping them to achieve success as well.