from Stephen Brice, secretary, The Queen’s Awards Office

Sir; Every year, business awards are won by entrepreneurs and enterprising companies. But shouldn’t we be doing more to recognise the contribution of the UK’s ‘unsung heroes’?
Behind many a successful entrepreneur there stands a mentor - a college professor, a professional adviser, a business acquaintance or a friend.
It is now possible to make a public show of appreciation by nominating him or her for a new Royal Award - a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.
Up to 10 special Awards will be presented by The Queen annually to people doing most to encourage enterprise in others - in whatever field of business. Nominations for the 2006 awards must be received by midnight on October 31, 2005. For more information, visit