North West business organisations have been named recipients of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
The accolade, presented annually by the Queen, is given to UK companies which have made an outstanding contribution in categories of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility.
St Helens Chamber is one of six winners of the new promoting opportunity award, which has been introduced this year, in recognition of the range of services it provides to help businesses grow.
Graham Worsley, chairman of St Helens Chamber, says: “We are thoroughly delighted to have received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise and have the work we do to improve the St Helens economy recognised at the very highest level.
“Everything we do at the chamber is about supporting people to achieve their maximum potential, whether it is supporting local entrepreneurs to start or grow businesses, providing people with valuable skills and qualifications, supporting young adults into their first job, or encouraging children to aim higher when they leave school.”
Elsewhere in the region, Warrington-based UK company ICC Solutions has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in innovation.
It’s the fourth Queen’s Award for the firm, which is a provider of highly efficient EMV (known as Chip & PIN) test and certification tools.
Previously the business has recognised in the innovation category in 2012, and for international trade in 2012 and 2016.
Dave Maisey (main picture), CEO and co-founder of ICC Solutions, says: “We are deeply honoured to win our fourth Queen’s Award for Enterprise. This is a wonderful testament to our ongoing commitment and vision to excel in innovation to drive success in international trade.
“Additionally, we have a strong desire to help further enhance British exporting and our Queen’s Awards have been the catalyst to drive us to attempt to inspire others to embrace the exciting opportunities offered by international trade and innovation. We were delighted to partner with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) to launch ‘Exporting Excellence’, which is now recognised as an option on the skills section of the DofE Award, encouraging young people across the UK to embrace opportunities in international trade through a framework of education, training and mentoring.”
Queen’s Award for Enterprise winners receive benefits including an invitation to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace, hosted by the Queen; and will also be able to fly the Queen’s Award flag at their main office and use the emblem on marketing materials.
The awards are valid for five years.