Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2018 -United Kingdom

Applications are open for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise that are awarded for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of

  • innovation
  • international trade
  • sustainable development
  • promoting opportunity through social mobility

Deadline: September 12, 2018

Eligibility citeria

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 business or non-profit.

Each of the award categories has additional entry criteria.


Innovation award

To apply for the Innovation award, applicant 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 their 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

Applicant’s 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

International Trade award

To apply for the International Trade award, applicant 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 applicant’s organisation has achieved outstanding growth in overseas earnings relative to their 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

Sustainable Development award

To apply for the Sustainable Development award applicant must either:

  • show how their outstanding sustainable development practices have helped to improve their commercial performance over 2 years
  • show how their continuous sustainable development practices have helped to improve their commercial performance over 5 years

Applicant’s achievements 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
  • management of resources or relationships with people and other organisations
  • Promoting Opportunity through social mobility

Promoting Opportunity award

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

  • have had a social mobility programme running for more than 2 years
  • prove that the programme benefits organisation (for example, it has improved their reputation or led to savings in the business)

Applicant’s improvements should 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

Benefits

If you win you’ll be:

  • invited to a Royal reception
  • presented the award at your company by one of The Queen’s representatives, a Lord-Lieutenant
  • able to fly The Queen’s Award flag at your main office, and use the emblem on your marketing materials (for example, on your packaging, advertisements, stationery and website)
  • given a Grant of Appointment and a commemorative crystal bowl

Please note: 

  • The awards are valid for 5 years.
  • Winners have reported benefiting from worldwide recognition, increased commercial value, greater press coverage and a boost to staff morale.

Application

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are free to enter. You can apply for more than one award.

You’ll need to:

  • create an account and register your details
  • answer questions about your eligibility – this should take less than 15 minutes
  • submit your application between 8 May and midday on 12 September 2018

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For more information, please visit https://www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise

Video: Entry advice from UKTI – The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

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