Deadline Approaches for Queen’s Awards Entries
Businesses enjoying outstanding commercial success have until 30 October to enter the prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, which have been described as the equivalent of a “knighthood for businesses”.
The awards, which are free to enter, are open to UK-based firms with at least two full-time employees and a record of commercial success in:
- 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.
Previous Queen’s Awards winners have said that the awards helped them to generate publicity, gain credibility and increase turnover.
Last year, environmental social enterprise Green-Works won a Queen’s Award in Sustainable Development.
Green-Works chief executive, Colin Crooks, said: “Winning the Queen’s Award has not only been a tremendous team builder and generated a huge amount of press coverage, but I estimate it has added a full ten per cent to our turnover.”
For more information about the awards and to apply online, visit the Queen’s Awards website