Given annually since 1966, the award scheme is overseen by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills, which describes them as "the UK's most prestigious enterprise awards".
They are awarded in three categories: innovation, international trade, and sustainable development, with 150, 92 and seven given out this year in the respective categories for a record total of 254.
Winners this year include:
- Adare International, a marketing group with clients including Coca-Cola, IBM and Costa, which has 340 staff and was awarded in the international trade category. It has 340 staff
- Omobono, a b2b marketing and comms firm whose clients have included Swiss Re and Miele, and has 66 staff. It won in the international trade category.
- Porterhouse Medical, a medical comms agency established in 2002 and has 40 staff. It won in the international trade category.
- STEM Marketing, which has 17 staff and is medical and pharma industry-orientated, and also won in the international trade category.
- TLC Marketing Group, which evolved from an ad agency founded in 1954 and now has 79 staff, and again won in the trade international category.
Other media and marcoms-related winners include advertising screen maker Esprit Digital, and the international arm of broadcaster and media outlet talkSPORT.
"Winners have reported benefitting from worldwide recognition, increased commercial value, greater press coverage and a boost to staff morale," according to BIS. They are also invited to a royal reception and may use the scheme's logo in marketing and other material.