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After more than 40 years without royal recognition, the Lord Lieutenant of the Western Isles is urging island businesses to consider putting themselves forward for a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

The last island business to receive the award was Stornoway’s Harris Tweed producer Kenneth Mackenzie Ltd and that was over four decades ago.

Now Lord Lieutenant Donald Martin is urging more applications from island businesses, to secure recognition for the islands during the Queen’s platinum jubilee year, 2022.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is the most prestigious award available to UK businesses, offering local and global recognition not just for the companies but for their ways of doing business.

Recognising innovation, sustainable development, international trade and promoting opportunity, the awards are decided by Her Majesty the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister, but the businesses themselves have to put their own nomination forward.

Lord Lieutenant Donald Martin said: “Past recipients of the award have reported substantial benefits to their businesses including boosting turnover and international trade, greater marketing opportunities. worldwide recognition, and a boost to staff morale, partners and stakeholders.

“The Harris Tweed Mill, Kenneth Mackenzie Ltd, Stornoway was successful on three occasions some forty years ago and the forthcoming Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 is an opportunity to have our successful business sector recognised once again.

“However, as the award is self-nominating, an application has to be made by the business before an award can be considered.”

Historically, comparatively few awards come to Scotland – this year only 13 of the 205 successful awards were made to Scottish businesses.

The current application period is open until 8 September 2021, with award winners announced at the same time as the publication of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2022.

Further information on how to apply and what is involved is available on https://www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise