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Bucks businesses named winners of Queen's Awards for Enterprise

Hypnos Beds

12:01pm 21st April 2017
(Updated 12:02pm 21st April 2017)

A number of businesses in Bucks have been named winners of this year's Queen's Awards for Enterprise.

The prestigious award recognises business success in four categories and winners get to attend a reception hosted by the Queen.

The four categories are:

  • innovation
  • international trade
  • sustainable development
  • promoting opportunity through social mobility

One winner was Hypnos Beds, a company that sells custom beds in Princes Risborough.

Group Managing Director Stephen Ward said there was a detailed entry process. He said:

"You have to prove that you've done the things you claim; they come and validate your numbers and check the viability of your business."

"You tell them why you think they should give you the award and then the judging panel has to decide."

"I think they were impressed by our approach to the international market and the progress we'd made, and more importantly what the prospects for the future looked like as well."

"It's not an easy process, but I think you've got a good story to tell and the facts to back it up, it's certainly worth applying. I think the benefits of winning the award are worth the effort that it takes to get into the process."

As well as an invitation to the reception at Buckingham Palace, winners can fly The Queen's Award flag at their office as well as use the emblem on marketing materials. They're even given a Grant of Appointment and a commemorative crystal bowl.

Find the full list of winners here.

Find out more about the award here.

Pictured: James Keen, Managing Director at Hypnos, Sarah Keen, Export Accounts Coordinator at Hypnos, Peter Keen, Chairman at Hypnos.

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