The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for businesses, recognising and celebrating business excellence across the UK.
The winners of the awards demonstrate outstanding success in their respective fields of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity (through social mobility).
Her Majesty The Queen personally approves the winners and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy publicly announce the winners on 21st April each year.
We recently interviewed some past Cumbrian winners on their experience and you can listen to our podcast here.
Winners 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 winning a Queen’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 winners!
This year’s winners include The Co-op, the World of Books, AES (solar panel pioneers) to the 100 year old family run business Bettys and Taylors, and DSNM’s innovation which is the world’s only Cloud-based software to correct maritime charts in the interests of safer navigation.
The Awards are open to all UK based organisations with two or more employees. 90% of the winners are SMEs but big businesses like KPMG, Willmott Dixon, Holland and Barrett and JCB also recognise the importance and the benefits of these Awards.
Now, more than ever, is a vital time for great UK businesses to be celebrated and recognised.