One week left to apply for a Queen's Award for Enterprise

At long last we’ve found a near-silvery lining to the postal strike. Don’t get your hopes up – we can’t promise packages will finally reach cursing customers, or that in-transit invoices will arrive at every overdue creditor’s doorstep, or even that your granny’s birthday card will finally pop through her letterbox.

But the strike to end all strikes has meant the Queen’s Award for Enterprise has extended its deadline. The prestigious prizes are handed out to the top dogs of small biz success. And you should seriously consider applying if you’ve been making small tsunamis in your sector or society over the last couple of years.

Awards are handed out for international trade, innovation and sustainability, for outstanding achievement over two or more years or continued success over five plus years in any one of those areas.

The accolades are akin to a knighthood for business, which translates as fantastic marketing potential and elevated industry recognition for you. Some winners have reported turnover increases of 30% off the back of winning. You also get to indulge your inner royalist with an awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

So how long have you got to partake in this most regal of business accreditations? The deadline’s been extended from the end of this month to November 4, providing you make a start before by 2pm on Friday if you fill the form out online. Paper applications will also be accepted by the later date. We advise you courier them.

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