Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce has been honoured with the first ever King’s Award for Enterprise for Promoting Opportunity through social mobility.
Announced today, 21 April, Staffordshire Chambers has been recognised for its excellence in promoting opportunity – one of just nine businesses across the country to earn the accolade.
The Promoting Opportunity award is issued to organisations that support people from disadvantaged backgrounds in improving their job skills and their chances of finding work.
A total of 149 Awards have been issued this year, spanning four categories, including International Trade, Innovation, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity.
Staffordshire Chambers CEO, Sara Williams OBE, said: “I am delighted, honoured and incredibly excited to receive The King’s Award for Enterprise.
“Our members know that here at the Chamber, our focus is on community and the belief that business is the bedrock of that community.
“I must thank the whole Chamber family; members, Patrons, Board, Council, Forums, staff, stakeholders and partners. You have all won this award.
“Our businesses employ people, empower people, educate people and work within the community to ensure opportunity for everyone, including the most disadvantaged and vulnerable, and I am proud that Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce is at the heart of this.”
The King’s Awards for Enterprise was previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, and the new name reflects His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II by recognising outstanding UK businesses.
Now in its 57th year, the award programme is the most prestigious business award in the country, with successful businesses able to use the esteemed King’s Award Emblem for the next five years.