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Businesses urged to fly the flag in national awards

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Businesses across Dudley are being urged to “fly the flag” for the borough and apply for a major national award.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise recognise outstanding achievement in businesses.

Categories include innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility.

The leader of Dudley Council is urging businesses to apply for the awards and highlight the “outstanding” work that goes on in the borough.

It follows the leader’s Made in Dudley borough initiative which highlights the work of borough businesses – from innovative chemical cleaning companies to manufacturers of cabinets used all over the world.

Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of Dudley Council, said:

These awards recognise the best in businesses across the UK – they will find a lot of that here in Dudley borough. We have continued a legacy of manufacturing and business which started with the industrial revolution and earned us the title The Historic Capital of the Black Country. Our businesses are world class, often working with cutting-edge technology, and I urge them to fly the flag for the borough and show some of the outstanding work that goes on here.

To be eligible for the awards businesses need to be based in the UK, pay tax in the UK and be a self-contained enterprise that markets its own products or services and is under its own management. Businesses must also have at least 2 full-time UK employees or part-time equivalents, show strong corporate social responsibility and can be a business or non-profit.

Winners will attend a Royal Reception to receive their award from one of The Queen’s representatives, a Lord-Lieutenant and be able to fly The Queen’s Awards flag and use the emblem on marketing materials. Each winner will receive an official certificate and a commemorative trophy. Each award is valid for 5 years. The deadline for applications is midday 6 September.

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