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“Call to Action” to Recognise and Reward Business Excellence in Suffolk

A major campaign across Suffolk to win national recognition for business success and enterprise moves up a gear this week. 

Applications are now open for The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, and a record number of businesses in the county have registered their interest to apply. 

The campaign was launched last September at a reception attended by over 140 business leaders, including from Adnams, EDF, Anglian Water, A B Ports, Birketts, the New Anglia LEP, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and Suffolk County Council. 

Inspired by Clare, Countess of Euston, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, and The Queen’s personal representative in the county, the campaign is a call to action to celebrate and recognise business excellence. 

In a message to business leaders across Suffolk Lady Euston said: “We are all immensely proud of Suffolk. It is one of the best places in the country to live and work. 

“The county is full of innovation, entrepreneurship and ideas, and our international economy is one of the fastest growing and best-connected in the UK. We are home to a number of the world’s top businesses, with a vast network of thousands more smaller businesses with big ambitions for growth. 

“A thriving and dynamic Suffolk economy is good for UKplc, and improved recognition of that at home and abroad will attract more businesses large and small to locate and invest here, and create more job opportunities for people of all talents and abilities. 

“A Queen’s Award for Enterprise is the ultimate recognition of business excellence, and I urge everyone to explore the potential of an application. 

“Together, let’s fly the flag for Suffolk.”

Mark Pendlington, chair of the Suffolk Lieutenancy Business and Enterprise Group commented: “Our campaign is gaining real momentum, with interest at an all time high from businesses in Suffolk considering applying for The Queen’s Award for Enterprise. 

“Sectors as diverse as food, drink and agriculture to digital technology and life sciences are seeing the potential of the internationally prestigious Award. Including the benefits it could bring to business development, improved national and global recognition, and increased trade. 

“Four categories are open for applications, with a closing date of 10th September: International Trade; Sustainable Development; Innovation and Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility. And I know of many businesses in Suffolk, in each category, that deserve to win The Queen’s Award for Enterprise. 

“In the last two years we have celebrated only one outstanding winner in Suffolk – Burland Technology based in Great Blakenham. As we celebrate their achievement, our Lieutenancy team has worked hard in recent months to respond to Lady Euston’s call to action, and encourage many more to be inspired to apply. 

“Celebrating business excellence in Suffolk shines a spotlight on all those who are leading the way, and by us all working better together we will be celebrating many more winners in years to come.” 

John Dugmore, chief executive of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce said: “The Queen's Award for Enterprise is a Blue Riband-standard recognition of a growing and successful company. Especially for those businesses looking to expand their international presence and sales, this award sends out a clear and recognisable message to existing and potential customers: this is a first-class company providing first-class products and services. We urge as many of Suffolk's great businesses as possible to apply for this award and positively raise their profile and that of our county." 

2019 Queen’s Award Winner Richard Vass, CEO of Burland Technology Solutions in Great Blakenham, said: “On behalf of the whole team at Burland Technology Solutions and the plethora of supporting businesses we are absolutely delighted to have been honoured with a second Queen’s Award. There is an extremely high bar to cross to be considered for these rare and prestigious Awards, but I know for sure there are many others in Suffolk who deserve to win. I strongly encourage those businesses to apply, and not be disheartened if you fail at the first attempt!”

Article by Suffolk Chamber