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Call for Entries Launched for Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2009.Top-performing freight and logistics firms, large and small, are today being urged to apply for the 2009 Queen's Awards for Enterprise – the Royal standard of excellence for outstanding business success. The deadline for the 2009 Awards is midnight on 31 October 2008 and applications can be made on-line at www.queensawards.org.uk

The official launch of the 2009 Queen's Awards coincides with a special reception at Buckingham Palace tonight (14th July) for this year's 136 winning companies, who were announced on 21 April 2008.

Companies can apply for a Queen's Award in up to three categories – International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development. Any number of firms can win an Award in each category, provided they can demonstrate outstanding or continuous business achievement in their field. Benefits of winning include extensive publicity, instant credibility, employee pride and use of the Queen's Award Emblem in all marketing for five years.

“A Queen's Award is a quality standard to which any business, in any sector, can and should aspire,” claims Steve Brice, Secretary of The Queens' Awards Office. “Winners consistently tell us how valuable their Award win has been to their business. It costs nothing to apply for a Queen's Award, and detailed feedback is given to unsuccessful applicants to help them work towards a successful Award application in a future year. So whether or not they win, a small investment of time in a Queen's Award application now can prove to be a very major investment in future business success.”

Alongside the business Awards, organisers are also calling for nominations for The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion (QAEP) – an Award for individuals. This prestigious honour recognises outstanding people who are working to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs. Eleven recipients of the QAEP, including one Lifetime Achievement Award, were announced this year, and will be joining representatives of the winning businesses at tonight's Buckingham Palace reception.

To find out more about both the business winners and QAEP recipients, visit www.queensawards.org.uk

1. Photos and case studies of winning companies from different industry sectors are available from Highlight PR

2. A selection of hi-res imagery including photos of Steve Brice and imagery of The Queen's Awards Emblem is available for press to download on the official Queen's Awards Image Library at http://www.queensawards.org.uk/prshots/prshots.html. Alternatively contact Highlight PR

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