Celebrating the best of British business

Whether you’re a disruptive start-up making life easier for your customers or a large company with a blockbuster product, these awards recognise your contribution to enterprise.

Who Can Enter

To enter any of the Queen's Awards for Enterprise categories, a business must:

  • be based in the UK - including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
  • be a self-contained enterprise which markets its own products or services
  • be under its own management, with at least 2 full-time employees or part-time equivalents
  • be able to demonstrate commercial success

Winners are announced on 21 April each year. 

They receive a grant of appointment, a presentational item and an invitation from Her Majesty the Queen to a reception at Buckingham Palace. 

Awards last for 5 years.

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are awards for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of:

  • innovation
  • international trade
  • sustainable development

Businesses can enter more than one award category as long as they meet the criteria.

International Trade

You must be able to show that your business has achieved substantial growth in overseas earnings and in commercial success for your business size and sector. You should be able to show either:

  • outstanding achievement in international trade over 3 years
  • continuous achievement in international trade over 6 years

Innovation

You must be able to show that your business has substantially improved in areas of performance and commercial success. You should be able to show either:

  • outstanding innovation, continued over at least 2 years
  • continuous innovation and development over at least 5 years

Achievements are assessed for:

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

Sustainable development

Sustainable development is any activity which ‘ensures a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come'. You should be able to show either:

  • outstanding advance in sustainable development over at least 2 years
  • continuous achievement in sustainable development over 5 years

Achievements must be in either:

  • invention, design, production, performance, marketing, distribution, after sales support of goods or services
  • management of resources or people, or of relationships with other organisations (or their representatives)

For more information contact:

Scheme Provider

Queen's Awards Helpline

Telephone

020 7215 6880

Website

queensawardsmagazine.com