Entering the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

Start your Queen’s Awards journey today – you can now apply for the 2021 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise!

Take a look at the GOV.UK website for further information on eligibility and how to enter http://orlo.uk/wgDq0

To apply for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise your organisation must:

  • be based in the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man)
  • file its Company Tax Returns with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • be a self-contained enterprise that markets its own products or services and is under its own management
  • have at least 2 full-time UK employees or part-time equivalents
  • demonstrate strong corporate social responsibility

Your organisation can be a business or non-profit.

For full details on how to enter, please visit the GOV.UK website and the Official Queen’s Award for Enterprise blog

Find out how to enter

Category criteria

Each of the award categories has additional entry criteria.

International Trade

To apply for the International Trade award, you must also:

  • have made a minimum of £100,000 in overseas sales in the first year of your entry and show year-on-year growth
  • prove that your organisation has achieved outstanding growth in overseas earnings relative to your business size and sector
  • prove steep year-on-year growth (without dips) in overseas sales over 3 years – or substantial year-on-year growth (without dips) over 6 years

Innovation

To apply for the Innovation award, you must also:

  • have an innovation that has not been sold before
  • have had your innovation available on the market for at least 2 years
  • have recovered all the investments made in your innovation or show that the innovation will recover its full costs in future
  • show outstanding commercial success as a result of innovation over 2 years – or continuous commercial success over 5 years

Your innovation should be in one of the following categories:

  • invention, design or production of goods
  • performance of services
  • marketing and distribution
  • after-sale support of goods or services

Sustainable Development

To apply for the Sustainable Development award, you must also:

  • show how you have achieved outstanding sustainable development for more than 2 years
  • provide evidence of the benefits or positive outcomes of your actions or interventions

Promoting Opportunity through social mobility

To apply for the Promoting Opportunity award, you must also:

  • have had a social mobility programme running for more than 2 years
  • provide evidence of the programme’s benefits (for example, to your organisation and employees)

Your improvements should help socially disadvantaged individuals or groups and be in one of the following areas:

  • work experience, careers advice or mentoring for young people
  • offering non-graduate routes such as traineeships or changing recruitment practices
  • giving equal support and progression opportunities to all employees