The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise have been operating in various forms since 1966, developing over the years into the current format comprising four categories of Award .

The corporate Awards were originally instituted by Royal Warrant following the recommendations of a Committee chaired by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Her Majesty The Queen makes the Awards 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. They are announced annually on 21 April, The Queen’s birthday.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are awarded to businesses for outstanding achievement in International Trade, Innovation, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility), to recognise businesses who promote social mobility

In a recent Queens Award survey 76% reported the win had brought added commercial value to their business and 55% reported the win had delivered new business opportunities

Since entries are judged solely on merit, there is a very wide variety of enterprises entering and winning each year, with companies varying in size from large international companies to small businesses comprising just a couple of employees.

Organisations of any size operating regularly as a business unit in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man and which can meet the criteria may enter. These Awards are given to business units as a whole as opposed to individuals, although sole proprietorships with at least 2 full time employees are eligible. Divisions within organisations may enter if they have sufficient separate identity.

Unsuccessful entrants receive feedback on both the strengths and guidance about how to improve future entries.

Presentation ceremonies are conducted at the winners’ premises, by the Lord-Lieutenant of the County as HM The Queen’s representative. The Awards consist of a Grant of Appointment and a presentational item bearing the Emblem.

The Queen’s Award is valid for five years. Successful organisations may fly the Queen’s Award flag at their principal premises and are entitled to use the Emblem on their stationery, advertising and goods. Commemorative articles can be given to employees.

This information is correct at time of publication, but for up to date information please go to: www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise