The Queen's Awards Magazine 2016

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The United Kingdom has a rich history of innovation dating back to Sir Isaac Newton, and our ability to remain at the forefront of business around the world is worth celebrating. This year’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is particularly significant as the winners celebrate their achievement in the year of The Queen’s 90th birthday. The Queen’s Award for enterprise is a great opportunity to focus the attention on the renewed spirit of entrepreneurship we are seeing in our society. As Chairman of the Institute of Directors, I take great pride in congratulating this year’s 243 winners of this prestigious accolade. Starting a business is an inherently risky and difficult endeavour and those who succeed deserve the recognition they receive through this award. We should celebrate businesses of all shapes and sizes but particularly those that contribute to a more prosperous economy through innovation, international trade, and sustainable development. This year’s winners pave the way for further development in a broad range of industries. I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the five individuals who have received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. Entrepreneurship needs individual champions and role models, inspiring the future generation of business leaders.

Lady Barbara Judge CBE Chairman The Institute of Directors

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