The Benefits of winning a Queen’s Award
The reasons for companies to enter for a Queen’s Award are as many as there are companies – each has their own specific purposes in doing so and the great majority of them benefit from their success. Even those companies who do not achieve a win on their first attempt can find it a valuable experience, giving them targets to achieve and an additional focus for which to optimise their efforts in becoming one of the best UK companies in their field.
Entrants come from all sections of the UK: the majority are from the South East and Greater London, in proportion with the business population, while other areas also have significant numbers too. Entries are invited from all areas in the UK – they come from the city located centres of commerce and the remotest of locations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. The majority of winning companies have below 250 employees but there are also larger companies who have won. The minimum size of an eligible company is two full-time employees.
The Queen’s Award is valid for five years. Winning organisations will benefit from:
- flying the Queen’s Award flag at their principal premises,
- use of the Emblem on their stationery, advertising and goods. Commemorative articles can be given to employees
- global recognition and added commercial value for your business
- an edge over the competition and new business opportunities
- a boost to your staff morale and company pride
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.
Additionally, HM The Queen hosts a reception at Buckingham Palace for representatives of the winning companies. Unsuccessful entrants receive feedback on both the strengths and guidance about how to improve future entries.