Durham businesses urged to enter enterprise awards

There is still time for enterprising businesses in County Durham to put themselves forward for a prestigious award.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are awarded to businesses for outstanding achievement in the categories of: International Trade, Innovation, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity.

Entries close in September so businesses are urged to start collating entries now.

To apply, an organisation must be based in the UK; file its company tax returns with HM Revenue and Customs; be a self-contained enterprise that markets its own products or services and is under its own management; have at least two full-time UK employees or part-time equivalents; demonstrate strong corporate social responsibility and can be a business or non-profit.

Winners have reported benefiting from worldwide recognition, increased commercial value, greater press coverage and a boost to staff morale.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 6 September. The awards are valid for five years.

Find out more and enter. https://www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise

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