The Queen's Awards Magazine 2018

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The Queen’s Awards FOR ENTERPRISE

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are considered the UK’s most prestigious business awards, designed to acknowledge and encourage outstanding achievements demonstrated by UK businesses. Instituted by Royal Warrant in 1965 and first awarded in 1966, their format has evolved to now encompass four categories: International Trade, Innovation, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility). In the past, individuals have been recognised within the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise but, as of 2017, this individual award was rested. Her Majesty The Queen makes the awards on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is assisted by an advisory committee including representatives of Government, industry and commerce, and the trade unions. The award winners are announced annually on April 21, The Queen’s birthday. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are free to enter and youmay apply for more than one award. Organisations of any size operating regularly as a business unit in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man and whichmeet the criteria may enter. The awards are made to businesses as a whole rather than to individuals. Applicants that are unsuccessful receive feedback about their strengths and are offered guidance about how to improve their entry for future. Presentation ceremonies are conducted at each winner’s premises, usually by the Lord-Lieutenant of the County, who is the designated representative of Her Majesty The Queen. The awards consist of a Grant of Appointment and a commemorative crystal bowl. Successful organisations may fly the Queen’s Award

flag at their principal premises and are entitled to use the emblem on marketing materials – such as on packaging, advertisements, stationery and website. This information was correct at the time of going to press. For the latest information visit


To apply for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise your organisation must meet the following minimum criteria: l Be based in the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man); l File its Company Tax Returns with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC); l Be a self-contained enterprise that markets its own products or services and is under its ownmanagement; l Have at least two full-time UK employees or part-time equivalents; and

l Demonstrate strong corporate social responsibility.

Your organisation may be business or non-profit. Each award has additional entry criteria, which can be found at the start of each relevant section in this magazine as well as on the website awards-for-enterprise/eligibility

www. queensawardsmagazine .com


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