Queen’s Awards offer Boost to Growing Firms
Businesses enjoying outstanding commercial success are being called on to enter the prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, which have been described as the equivalent of a “knighthood for businesses”.
The awards are free to enter, but entrants must have at least two full-time employees, be based in the UK and be able to demonstrate commercial success.
The awards categories small businesses can enter include:
- international trade
- sustainable development
For a chance to win the international trade accolade, businesses must demonstrate substantial growth in overseas earnings. To win the innovation award, entrants need to prove substantial development in business performance.
In the sustainable development category, firms must be able to show they have advanced or continued their achievements of social or environmental objectives. There can be multiple winners in each category.
Winners will be entitled to display the Queen’s Award emblem on their stationery, advertising, marketing material and packaging for a period of five years. They will also be invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace and be visited by a royal representative.
The awards are approved 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 trade unions.
Queen’s Award spokeswoman, Deborah Bartlett, said that the awards bring a range of benefits to the winners, including publicity, motivated employees and an improved image at home and abroad.
“The awards are a great way for businesses to get additional press coverage and also for getting employees buoyed up, because it’s such a prestigious award that employees themselves really appreciate the fact their business has been recognised in this way,” said Bartlett.
“It also impresses customers and suppliers over here and overseas, because it is such an accolade,” she added. “It is the equivalent of having a company knighthood.”
The deadline for entering the awards is 30 October 2009. Winners will be announced on 21 April 2010, the Queen’s birthday.
For more information about the awards and to apply online, visit the Queen’s Awards website.