"The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the highest accolade that a UK business can receive, and it is a pleasure to be able to congratulate all of the 2013 winners for their successes."
The Rt. Hon. Dr Vince Cable MP
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are awarded to UK businesses for outstanding achievement; business categories cover innovation, international trade and sustainable development. A total of 162 businesses were awarded this year, with 110 winning awards for international trade. There were 39 for innovation and 13 for sustainable development. Eight individuals won the Queen's Award for enterprise promotion, nominated by their peers for their efforts to encourage UK entrepreneurship.
Case Study: Travel Counsellors
Bolton-based Travel Counsellors, set up by David Speakman 20 years ago, aims to provide a highly personalised business which targets 'cash rich, time poor' customers. The founder's strategy for strong customer relationships, built up by his 1,300 home-based team of professional travel agents, appears to have worked well; they won the Queen's Award for Innovation in 2003 and have since expanded overseas. This year will see a double celebration for the company - its 20th Anniversary and a Queen's Award for International Trade, which recognises their continuous overseas sales growth.