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The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious accolades for businesses in the United Kingdom. The winners are announced each year on 21st April, Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday. The process is highly competitive: in 2012 a total of 862 businesses applied and 209 awards were granted.
Generally, the awards are presented either by visiting member of the Royal family or, more usually, by the Lord-Lieutenant at the winners' own business premises.
Winners receive a range of benefits including worldwide recognition and extensive press coverage. Each Award is valid for five years and winners are also invited to a reception with HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace.
The awards for outstanding achievement by UK businesses fall into three distinct categories:
Businesses can enter more than one award category as long as they meet the criteria for each.
You must be able to show that your business has achieved substantial growth in overseas earnings and in commercial success for your business size and sector. You should be able to show either:
You must be able to show that your business has substantially improved in areas of performance and commercial success. You should be able to show either:
Achievements are assessed for:
Sustainable development is any activity which ‘ensures a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come’. You should be able to show either:
Achievements must be in either:
Each category has a separate judging panel which makes a recommendation to the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee. The committee then makes a final recommendation to Her Majesty The Queen, who decides the winners.
Winners are announced on 21 April each year. They receive a grant of appointment, a presentational item and an invitation from Her Majesty the Queen to a reception at Buckingham Palace. Awards last for 5 years.
To enter any of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise categories, a business must:
Businesses must submit their applications online: click here for the registration page.
You can download guidance notes and sample entry forms from the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise website.
Read the background notes for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise (download).
Submit your entry between 21 April and the last working day of September every year.
There is no entry fee.
Telephone: 020 7215 6880 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or visit www.queensawards.org.uk
The Queen's Awards LinkedIn forum provides information, advice and debate. To join visit LinkedIn group.
Further information is also available from the online Queen's Award for Enterprise Magazine.