IT and software companies are being urged to compete for the
Applications are open for the 2006 Queen's Awards for
The awards are made by the Queen on the advice of the prime minister and a committee which includes government, industry, commerce and trade union representatives.
Stephen Brice, secretary of the Queen's Awards office, said, “There are outstanding companies in the IT and software sectors which stand a good chance of winning a Queen's Award next year and I urge them to apply.
“Unlike other award schemes, there is no set number of Queen's Awards made each year, and it costs nothing to enter. Even the process of applying for an award is good for business, as it allows companies to benchmark their achievements against others within and outside their industry.”
Winners are entitled to use the Queen's Award emblem in their marketing and publicity for five years.
The deadline for applications is 31 October, but applications submitted before 1 September benefit from initial feedback from the Queen's Awards office.