Bakery businesses have just over a month to apply for the 2008 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

The awards recognise achievements in international trade, innovation and sustainable development. "It costs nothing to enter and every application is judged on its individual merits," said Steve Brice, secretary of The Queen’s Awards Office. "I urge any business that can demonstrate commercial success to act now and apply for these prestigious awards before it’s too late."

Winners range in size from tiny partnerships to giant multinationals. Applications for next year’s Queen’s Awards close on 31 October 2007, with winners announced on 21 April 2008. Businesses can apply online at []