THE first-ever King’s Awards for Enterprise will be launched at two special events next month – and Shropshire businesses interested in entering are being urged to attend.

The launch events will be hosted by the Shropshire Lieutenancy at Origins at Shrewsbury College on Friday, June 9 and at Telford College on Friday, June 16, both from 8-10am.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, Anna Turner, the King’s representative in the county, said: “As the first enterprise awards of the King’s reign, this year’s recipients will carve out their own little bit of history.

“We have some fabulous and innovative businesses in this county and I hope many of them will apply.


“The launch events are intended to inspire companies to enter and to give owners and managers the confidence to put together an application.

“The awards raise the profile of businesses and the whole county alike, and I look forward to seeing many of you take part.”

Previous award winners I2R and Protolabs will be speaking about the experience at the Telford & Wrekin launch and Whitchurch-based Stallion AI and Jesmonite will speak at the event in Shrewsbury.

The Lord-Lieutenant added: “These are the most prestigious awards available to UK businesses and are designed to recognise and encourage outstanding achievements in innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility.

“As well as being allowed to use the award logo on your marketing materials for five years, award winners receive an official certificate and crystal trophy and an invitation to a royal reception.

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“Many thanks to both Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council for their support with the launch events, as well as our two brilliant colleges, of course.”

Advice and support on the entry process is available through the Shropshire Lieutenancy.

For more information about entering the awards, and to register for the launch events, visit