Lancashire firms receive Queen's Enterprise Awards

Lancashire’s most enterprising individuals and businesses have attended an evening reception at Buckingham Palace after they were announced as this year’s winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2011.

Three businesses from Lancashire met The Queen and other members of the Royal Family: the ultimate recognition of their commitment to enterprise and innovation.

The winners include Skelmersdale based social enterprise Brighter Future Workshop Ltd, which scooped the Sustainable Development Award; Linemark, from Rawtenstall, who won the Queen’s Award for Innovation with a new device for marking sports pitches, and Blackpool firm Macuk Neuroscience who took the Queen’s Award for International Trade.

Business secretary Vince Cable also presented some of Britain’s most enterprising individuals with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion which rewards individuals who have played an outstanding and significant role in promoting the growth of business enterprise, entrepreneurial skills and attitudes in others.

In Lancashire, the individual’s award for Enterprise Promotion went to Khalid Saifullah from Blackburn for his work in the role of Strategic Partnership Manager at Business Link North West.

Cable said: “It’s important we create the right conditions for Britain’s new and up- and-coming entrepreneurs to succeed and I strongly encourage businesses to start thinking about nominations for next year.”