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ABOUT THE AWARDS
The Benefits of winningThe Queen’s Awards for Enterprise
The reasons for companies enteringTheQueen’s Awards are as many as there are companies – each has their own specific purposes in doing so and the great majority of thembenefit from their success. Even those companies who do not win the Award
The time it takes will understandably vary
according to the type of company and its products and how readily available the data is. It is inevitable that not all companies will succeed in gaining The Queen’s Award – that is of course the whole principle behind any award scheme. On average a quarter of those entering succeed in gaining a Queen’s
on their first attempt can find it a valuable
experience, giving them targets to achieve and an additional focus for which to optimise their efforts in
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becoming one of the best UK companies in their field. Entrants come from all sections of the UK: the majority are from the South East and Greater London while other areas also have significant proportions. Entries are invited from all areas in the UK – they come from the city located centres of commerce and the remotest of locations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. The majority of winning companies have below 250 employees, but there are also larger companies who have won. The minimum size of an eligible company is two full- time employees. Winners have confirmed that the main reason they enter The Queen’s Awards is for the prestige it brings them. Both at home and overseas, respect for the company is enhanced with this notable achievement. Winners find that being the company withThe Queen’s Award amongst other competitors of similar stature can often make the difference in gaining an introduction to new customers. A win is also a great promotional opportunity for publicity in local and national newspapers as well as international trade magazines, in print and on-line. Although the on-line entry process naturally involves time spent supplying the data required, experience has shown that although some entrants expected the process to be difficult, few actually found this was the case. In fact the time taken to prepare the research for the entry varied mainly from a couple of days to a couple of weeks – but with some entrants completing the information in one day.
only as good as the employees who have worked hard to achieve it and this recognition is a great morale-booster for companies. Each winning company has a formal presentation by The Queen’s representative (normally the county’s Lord- Lieutenant) at their premises or other suitable location, so the employees are able to enjoy the celebrations first hand – some examples of these presentations can be seen in later pages of this publication. Having won their award, in the months and years that follow winning, companies have found that the predicted outcome has been achieved, with the company’s perception being enhancedwithin the UK and overseas. Most companies found that the staff responded enthusiastically to the win and the majority of companies made good use of the kudos for their publicity and PR. When asked, nearly all existing winners of The Queen’s Awards would recommend entering to other businesses. Another promotional opportunity available to winners is the independently published The Queen’s Awards Magazine, which you are reading, and its accompanying website. As you see, winners can choose to have an entry amongst the others in their category – in amagazine that is distributed to a prestigious mailing list of recipients in the UK and internationally. In a recent survey of winners the majority agreed that The Queen’s Awards Magazine and the website were ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’. We want to improve upon that: please let us know what your expectations are for future reference!
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