Anthea McIntyre MEP has welcomed the announcement that a string of West Midlands companies have been honoured as part of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
They are among more than 200 selected nationally for their entrepreneurship and Miss McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, hailed them as an example of Staffordshire's entrepreneurial spirit.
The companies are Prometheus Medical, Semantics 21, Spectra Group, Synectics Solutions, Thorax Lighting and Warwick Music, which were honoured for innovation; and Allett, Aviation News, C Brandauer & Co, John Martin Design Associates, Leeson Polyurethanes, Proto Labs, REPL Group Worldwide, Seada Technology, The Helping Hand Company, The Lawton Tube Co which won awards for international trade.
Three-quarters of this year’s winners are small or medium-sized businesses. Miss McIntyre, Conservative employment in the European Parliament, said: "This demonstrates that the UK is one of the best places in the world to start and grow a business."
This was down to the environment created by the Conservative Government and its modern Industrial Strategy which enhanced support already provided, she said.
The winners will receive their awards at a Buckingham Palace reception, where their contribution to the UK economy will be celebrated. These awards recognise businesses for their contribution in four categories, with winners including:
129 International Trade winners
61 Innovation winners
6 Sustainable Development winners
5 Promoting Opportunity winners
Miss McIntyre said: “I am delighted these wonderful companies have been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen with such prestigious awards.
“They are a proud example of our region, making a huge contribution not just to the West Midlands region, but as an innovative and talented businesses to our growing economy as a whole.
“The Conservatives are working hard to create the best possible environment to start and grow businesses, and I’m delighted that these businesses are recognised for their hard work.”