In this report

What is left of the UK’s traditional heavy industries remains under threat. But a host of smaller, innovative and exporting businesses are thriving that are recognised every year in the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

Necessity is the mother of reinvention

Trading nation: ministers accept export targets will be hard to meet
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Dozens of ventures have risen to the challenge of replacing old industries

Crewshield’s bunker
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Threatened staff can hide safely in plain sight

Bunkers built into innocuous-looking freight containers win company its first Queen’s Award

Innovation never ends for Forth Bridge supplier

Sherwin-Williams’ industrial coatings are in high demand

Eye for detail: Portmeirion ceramics being inspected
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Portmeirion fights back in ceramics sector

Potteries winner makes the case for returning manufacturing to the UK

shoes by Joseph Cheaney

Shoemakers stay one step ahead of rivals

Traditional Northamptonshire cobbling skills are back in fashion

Jonathan Quin of World First
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World First targets forex market gap

London basement start-up is a hit with small businesses

Anglia Print rewarded for green ink efforts

The company is proof that you can profit and do the right thing

Mobica founders Jon Clayton (left) and Nick Stammers (right) are in a hiring mood

Cheshire coders join Wilmslow’s football set

Mobica is putting the North West on the software map


A boost to business, by royal appointment

Anniversary awards aim to drive growth and innovation and promote British exports

Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: winners

Full list of the companies and individuals

Half a century of honouring business success

Launched in 1965, these accolades remain relevant

Animal magnetism wins a double plaudit

Veterinary MRI scanners win innovation award

A watertight case for an export award

Mackintosh takes the luxury market by storm

Sepura tunes into a changing market

Digital personal radios in demand around the world

Angels and incubators are rewarded

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion winners

Companies that take the long view

Meet the Sustainable Development award recipients

Queen’s green award for Jaguar Land Rover

Carmaker wins award for sustainable deveopment

Technical flair finds success in niche markets

Winners of innovation awards span specialisms from marine engineering to measuring speeding objects

Innovation delivers parcel company award

Responsive service reduces inconvenience