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In this issue

Even as the UK economy continues to struggle, many world-beating businesses are flourishing

Entrepreneurs shine through in gloomy times

The UK economy might continue to struggle, but with all its diversity, it is still producing businesses that are world-beating in their fields, writes Brian Groom

The Queen’s Awards: full list of winners

See all the winners of the Queen’s Awards by category

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Inspirational breakthroughs

From sustained research to simple ideas, innovation in enterprises takes many forms, as the winners in this category demonstrate, writes Sarah Murray

Wise heads guide young entrepreneurs

As the number of start-ups in the UK soars, this year’s eight enterprise promotion award winners show the value of a good mentor, writes Andrew Bounds

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Scaling the export mountain

UK manufacturers are making headway towards achieving the government’s ambitious target of doubling exports by 2020, writes Andrew Bounds

Humans and nature come together in sustainability

The winners in the sustainable development category are recognised as much for their social impact as their environmental footprint, writes Sarah Murray

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Niftylift seeks the pick of the bunch

The work platform maker is an export-driven world leader but finds young British engineering talent hard to come by, writes Liz Bolshaw

Spinko finds fertile new fields

Investing in a farm has brought multiple benefits for the bed spring maker, says Paul Solman

Raising aspirations among Liverpool’s women

Blackburne House has been the educational catalyst for many a business start-up, thanks to the work of Claire Dove and her team, writes Andrew Bounds

Keltic Seafare catches world’s attention

The seafood supplier has built a global business from its base in a tight-knit fishing community, writes Sam Judah

Reid Lifting raises its technical game

Innovation and an academic partnership have seen the lifting equipment maker emerge stronger from the downturn, writes Liz Bolshaw