Design fails to shine in Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

Only nine companies connected to the design, architecture and interiors industries were given an award at last night’s 2008 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise prize evening.

Awards were given to 136 companies in three categories including international trade, innovation and sustainable development.

Winners of the award which were connected to the design industry included architect and interior and graphic designer Benoy, The British Showcase Group – which creates museum display cases for national and international museums – alongside design consultancy Click Netherfield.

The others included design consultancy Hyder Consulting, fabric and wallpaper designers Romo, Dupont Teijin Films UK which produces polyester films for banner stands at exhibitions and conferences, display company Leach Colour, software group Sohnar and furniture group Green-Works.

The awards are in recognition of businesses with the Royal standard of excellence for outstanding business success, and according to an awards spokesman, ‘We are keen to see more businesses with a specific design-focus entering’.

His comments come after designers and architects were urged to apply for the awards in 2009.

‘The most likely section in which design companies could succeed is in the international trade category,’ he continues.

‘However product designers could do well in the innovation category, while any design consultancies which have developed their businesses in a Green way could be recognised as sustainable development winners’.

The deadline for the 2009 awards is 31 October 2008 and applications can be made online at

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