Graff receives Queen’s award

Exclusive British jeweler Graff has received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. This is the fourth time the London-based firm has received this honor.

“We are extremely pleased to have our achievements acknowledged with a fourth Queen’s Award and following the success of the Graff stores both here and abroad we are looking forward to new projects. Our vision continues to be the world leader in diamonds and fine jewelry,” said Laurence Graff, chairman.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious awards for business performance. They recognize and reward outstanding achievement by UK companies. They are presented in three separate categories:

* International Trade – recognizing companies that have demonstrated growth in overseas earnings

* Innovation – recognizing companies that have demonstrated commercial success through innovative products or services.

* Sustainable Development – recognizing companies that have integrated environmental, social, economic, and management aspects of sustainable development into their business.

The awards are made each year by the queen, on the advice of the prime minister, who is assisted by an advisory committee that includes representatives of government, industry and commerce, and the trade unions.

Based in London, Graff has 20 stores worldwide, including recent expansions into the U.S., Russia, the Middle and Far East. More stores are planned for 2007.