The winners of the 2005 Queen's Awards for Enterprise have been announced. The honours are the UK's most prestigious awards for business performance and seek to recognise and reward outstanding achievement by UK companies. They are made annually by The Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is assisted by an Advisory Committee that includes representatives of Government, industry and commerce, and the trade unions. The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are presented in three categories:
The announcement of the 2005 winners this week will be followed by a celebratory reception hosted by The Queen's Awards Office. This event includes members of the national, local and trade press and offers an excellent start to the promotional opportunities that the Awards offer to successful businesses. Awards will also be presented to the winners in their own premises, by the Lord Lieutenant of the County (as the Queen's representative). A selected number of members (usually three) of each winning business is also usually invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace during the year. As well as these publicity opportunities, the winning businesses are entitled to use the award for promotional purposes. They are able to fly the Award flag at their principal business premises and to use the Queen's Award emblem on stationery, advertising and packaging for the duration of the award (five years).