Somerdale cheeseSomerdale International was a Queens Enterprise Awards winner in 2016

More entries are wanted from agriculture, food and related businesses by the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

There are just two weeks left to submit entries for the 2018 awards, which close on 1 September.

The awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements by UK businesses in four categories – innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility. Businesses can enter in more than one category.

As well as gaining wider recognition for a business or brand, the awards are said to boost staff morale and increase growth. Almost 73% of past winners attribute an increase in international sales directly to winning an award.

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Winners can use the Queen’s Awards emblem in advertising, marketing and on packaging for five years.

Previous agriculture and food winners

  • Ashley Chase Estate, Dorset – speciality cheese producer (2015)
  • ADF Milking, West Sussex – manufactures automatic dipping and flushing system for dairy units (2013)
  • Elmgrove Food, Co Antrim – sells and exports beef, lamb and pork offal products globally (2013)
  • Anpario, Nottinghamshire – manufactures natural high performance ingredients for animal feeds (2015)
  • HiBreeds International, Norfolk – hatching egg exporter for UK poultry, acting as intermediary for UK farmers and international clients (2015)
  • Somerdale International, Somerset – exports mainly dairy products (2016)
  • Devenish Nutrition, N Ireland – produces a range of goats’ and cows’ milk products, sold under its own and customer brand names (2016)
  • Coombe Castle International, Wiltshire – exporter of cheese, cream and butter worldwide and a manufacturer of clotted cream (2013)
  • Tyrrells Potato Crisps, Herefordshire – producer of hand-cooked English crisps, vegetable crisps, popcorn and tortilla chips (2013)