Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Business Awards

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

International Trade - recognising companies that have demonstrated growth in overseas earnings.
Innovation - recognising companies that have demonstrated commercial success through innovative products or services.
Sustainable Development - recognising companies that have integrated environmental, social, economic and management aspects of sustainable development into their business. Guidance Notes. (66k)

The photograph to the below shows the Lord-Lieutenant presenting the Award to Americhem Europe Ltd. and below to Link International.

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.

Judging is thorough, so you should apply only if you can answer a definite 'yes' to these four questions:
Does your business have a base in the UK?
Does your business employ at least two full-time workers (or part-time equivalent)?
Do you believe your business is one of the best?
Can you demonstrate commercial success?

November 2008 saw the presntation of the Award to Trinity Integrated Sytems Ltd., Sale.

The photograph to the right shows the Lord-Lieutenant and The Lord Mayor of Manchester who were presnt on the day.

Individual Awards

This Award may be given to:

Entrepreneurs, businessmen and women, inventors and innovators who give their time and, possibly financial support, to other potential entrepreneurs whether or not they are still in education or at the business start-up/growth stage.

Those in education, training and youth work who are providing people of all ages, particularly the young, with enterprise skills and attitudes.
Those involved in social enterprise who achieve business outcomes or equip others with business skills.
(A social enterprise is a business with primarily business objectives whose surpluses are principally re-invested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners).

This list illustrates the types of activity nominees might have undertaken. It is not intended to be exhaustive and may be amended over time.

Offering a role model and/or business model to motivate people to engage in enterprise and promoting these models e.g. through mentoring.

Using innovative ways to increase the understanding of business skills and processes in particular communities, for example students or schoolchildren, or among those who influence individuals' career choices.

Mentoring and/or offering financial support to start up and/or develop businesses or providing ways to develop specific skills, which can be used to start a business.

Developing ways in which to explain the risks of business enterprise and promoting the development of enterprise and risk management skills.

Working to help innovators and inventors to bring ideas to business fruition.

Promoting business enterprise in disadvantaged communities, possibly but not necessarily, through the medium of social enterprise, and/or working to change the perception that deprived areas are not places where businesses can be established and run successfully.

For further information you may contact:
The Queen's Award Office
151 Buckingham Palace Road
0207 222 2277