Local MP Meets Prince Charles At Buckingham Palace Reception

Kelly Tolhurst, Member of Parliament for Rochester and Strood, met with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and other senior members of the Royal Family last week to attend the award ceremony to congratulate the winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2019.

Ms Tolhurst, who was attending in her capacity as the Minister for Small Business, Consumers, and Corporate Responsibility, said that she was ‘honoured’ to have been invited to the reception at Buckingham Palace to realise the efforts of talented entrepreneurs throughout the country.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise were established to recognise the outstanding achievements made by UK businesses in the categories of innovation, international trade, sustainable development, and promoting opportunity through social mobility. The awards are very prestigious and allows the winner to fly The Queen’s Awards flag and use the emblem on any marketing materials for 5 years. Winners have reported benefiting from worldwide recognition, increased commercial value, greater press coverage and a boost to staff morale.

Minister Tolhurst said: “It is such an honour to have been invited to this reception and to meet the winners of this year’s Queen’s Award for Enterprise. I would encourage any business, whether in my constituency or further afield, to apply for this incredible award. Applications for the 2020 awards will close at midday on 10th September 2019.

For more information on applying for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, please visit the website here: https://www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise/how-to-apply