KAREN Arnold, the chief executive of the Enterprise and Skills Company Limited in Wimborne, has received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.

The award acknowledges Miss Arnold’s contribution to inspiring the 14 to 19 age group in the south-west, initially through a part-time post with Young Enterprise and, since 2003, through a not-for-profit company, which she established.

Miss Arnold said that the award was in recognition of the achievements and commitment of students, schools and business mentors who shared her passion and values of Enterprise education.