1. Eligibility

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

  • innovation - for commercial success as a result of innovation
  • international trade - for growth and commercial success in international trade
  • sustainable development - for commercially successful products, services and management that benefit the environment, society and the economy
  • promoting opportunity – for social mobility programmes that help people from disadvantaged backgrounds into successful working lives

The awards are valid for 5 years.

Check if you’re eligible

Your organisation (business or non-profit) must:

  • be based in the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and 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

Each of the award categories has additional entry criteria.

International Trade

To apply for the International Trade award, you 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
  • show that your organisation has achieved outstanding growth in overseas earnings relative to your business size and sector
  • show steep year-on-year growth (without dips) in overseas sales over 3 years - or substantial year-on-year growth (without dips) over 6 years

Innovation

To apply for the Innovation award, you must also:

  • have an innovation that has not been done before
  • have had your innovation available on the market for at least 2 years
  • have recovered all the investments made in your 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

Your 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

Sustainable Development

To apply for the Sustainable Development award you must either:

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

Your 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

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

  • have had a social mobility programme running for more than 2 years
  • show that the programme has had a positive impact on your commercial success over 2 or 5 years (for example, it has improved your reputation or led to savings in the business)

Your 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

Contact

Queen’s Awards Helpline queensawards@bis.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 7215 6880
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