Charities win Queen's Award for Enterprise

Honours for Sustrans, the Scottish Seabird Centre and the Knowsley Development Trust

Three third sector organisations have been given the Queen's Award for Enterprise, which recognises business excellence.

Sustainable transport charity Sustrans, the Scottish Seabird Centre in East Lothian and the Knowsley Development Trust, which trades as the North Mersey Business Centre, all received awards for their contribution to sustainable development.

The awards are given by the Queen on the recommendation of Prime Minister Gordon Brown and an advisory committee.

Two chief executives of not-for-profit organisations are also among the 11 individuals who have received the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion, which is awarded in recognition of work to help develop entrepreneurial talent in Britain.

Karen Arnold from the Enterprise and Skills Company in Dorset and Angela Wright from Solent Skills Quest in Southampton have been recognised for encouraging young people to engage in social enterprise.

The Queen will present the recipients with their awards at Buckingham Palace in July.

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