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King’s Award for Enterprise 2024

The King’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for businesses, recognising and celebrating business excellence across the UK. The recipients of the awards demonstrate outstanding success in their respective fields of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity (through social mobility).
King’s Award for Enterprise 2024

His Majesty The King personally approves the Awards and the Department for Business and Trade publicly announce the recipients on 21st April. From 2024, recipients will be announced on 6th May, to mark His Majesty The King’s Coronation.

Award recipients often state that their achievement has opened new doors for them in terms of securing new contracts, venturing into new markets, and further developing their business. If successful in receiving a King’s Award for Enterprise, the organisation receives a Grant of Appointment, and is able to display the award emblem for up to 5 years, and access to a thriving alumni network of previous award recipients!

The King’s Awards for Enterprise was previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, and the new name reflects His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II by recognising outstanding UK businesses. The Award programme, now in its 57th year, has awarded over 7,000 companies since its inception in 1965.

The first ever recipients of The King’s Awards for Enterprise were announced on 21st April, celebrating the achievements of UK businesses. This year, 148 businesses representing every part of the United Kingdom and a diverse range of sectors have been recognised by His Majesty The King as among the best in the country.

Cumbrian businesses who received awards include:

  • Chamber member, Clark Door (Carlisle) won an award in the Innovation category
  • Chamber member, OEE Container Technology (Carlisle) and Fruugo (Ulverston) won awards in the International Trade category
  • First Milk (Aspatria) won an award in the Sustainable Development category

His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenants will be presenting the Awards to businesses locally throughout the year.

Applications for the 2024 round opened on 6th May and close midday 12th September. Eligible businesses are free to apply for one or more categories. Recipients pass a robust assessment process, judged by experts from industry, academia, the voluntary sector and senior officials in Whitehall.

The Awards are open to all UK based organisations with two or more employees.

• Read about eligibility and how to apply at here.
• Email The King’s Awards Office for further details kingsawards@beis.gov.uk
• Ring The King’s Awards Helpline 020 7 215 6880


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