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Applications are being invited for the annual Queens’ Awards for Enterprise from UK-based businesses excelling in International Trade, Innovation or Sustainable Development.

Outstanding companies from the marine and shipping sectors are among those being urged to apply for an Award – commonly seen as the equivalent of a ‘corporate knighthood’. The deadline for entries is midnight on 31 October 2007.

Unlike traditional award schemes, there is no limit to the number of Queen’s Awards that can be won each year. Firms apply for an Award in one or more of the three categories and if their achievements are deemed outstanding for their sector, they stand a chance of winning an award.

This year, organisers have made it easer for businesses to apply, as applications can now be made on-line for the first time at www.queensawards.org.uk

“Over the years, the marine and shipping sectors have been well represented in The Queen’s Awards, but I’m convinced there are many more worthy firms out there who could be in line for an Award,” says Stephen Brice, Secretary to The Queen’s Awards Office. “The Queen’s Awards are all about celebrating the best examples of British-based businesses, large and small, from every sector. They also bring substantial benefits to winners in terms of reputation and recognition.”

Any business with two or more employees can apply for a Queen’s Award. This year, 119 awards were announced. Winners benefit from extensive publicity, “boosts to staff morale” and use of the Queen’s Award Emblem for five years. 70% of last year’s winners said that winning a Queen’s Award had brought their company added commercial value.