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The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise
Channel Islands and the Isle of Man and which can meet the criteria may enter. These Awards are given to business units as a whole as opposed to individuals, although sole proprietorships with at least two full time employees are eligible. Divisions within organisations may also enter if they have sufficient separate identity. Unsuccessful entrants receive feedback on both the strengths and guidance about how to improve future entries. Presentation ceremonies are conducted at the winners’ premises, usually by the Lord- Lieutenant of the County as Her Majesty The Queen’s representative. The Awards consist of a Grant of Appointment and a presentational item bearing the he Queen’s Award Emblem. A corporate Award is valid for five years. Successful organisations may fly The Queen’s Award flag at their principal premises and are entitled to use the Emblem on their stationery, advertising and goods. Commemorative articles can be given to employees. Additionally, Her Majesty The Queen hosts a reception at Buckingham Palace for representatives of the winning companies. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion recipients and their nominators also attend this reception.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise have been operating in various forms since 1966, developing over the years into the current format comprising three categories of Award for companies and one for individuals.
The corporate Awards were originally instituted by Royal Warrant following the recommendations of a Committee chaired by HRH
The Duke of Edinburgh. Her Majesty The Queen makes the Awards on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is assisted by an Advisory Committee that includes representatives of Government, industry and commerce, and the trade unions. They are announced annually on 21 April, The Queen’s birthday. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are awarded to businesses for outstanding achievement in International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development. The Award for Enterprise Promotion (QAEP) is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to promoting and enhancing enterprise among UK entrepreneurs and companies. Since entries are judged solely on merit, there is a very wide variety of enterprises entering and winning each year, with companies varying in size from large international companies to small businesses comprising just a couple of employees. Organisations of any size operating regularly as a business unit in the United Kingdom, the
This information is correct at time of publication, but for up to date information please go to www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise
Left: Anacon Ltd celebrate their second Queen’s Award in three years, the cupcake way... Above: Oxford PharmaGenesis celebrated the presentation of their Award with traditional English folk dancing!
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