The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of Innovation, International Trade and Sustainable Development, while the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion is awarded to individuals.
Mrs Hart said:
“We have very many highly innovative and enterprising businesses in Wales that have the potential to win one of these prestigious Awards and I would encourage more companies to take up the challenge and enter the 2013 Awards to join the ranks of previous winners from Wales.
“The Awards recognise and reward success and can bring real benefits to companies that are making an outstanding contributing to the enterprise culture in Wales. The Awards are highly regarded by industry, are internationally recognised and an excellent and valuable marketing tool for businesses, helping to raise their profile and help boost business.
“Even those companies that fail to gain an Award can still benefit from the process and the feedback which can provide them with useful benchmarking information to further develop their businesses.”
Mrs Hart recently met a number of 2012 Award winners from Wales who added their unique perspective to the development of the Innovation Strategy for Wales
The closing date for entries for the 2013 Awards is 28 September 2012.