The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2019 for Businesses based in the UK

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2019 for Businesses based in the UK

Deadline: September 12, 2018

Applications are now open for the 2019 The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility. Do you have what it takes to win a Queen’s Award? Apply now.

Award Benefits

If you win you’ll be:

  • invited to a Royal reception
  • presented the award at your company by one of The Queen’s representatives, a Lord-Lieutenant
  • able to fly The Queen’s Award flag at your main office, and use the emblem on your marketing materials (for example, on your packaging, advertisements, stationery and website)
  • given a Grant of Appointment and a commemorative crystal bowl

The awards are valid for 5 years.

Winners have reported benefiting from worldwide recognition, increased commercial value, greater press coverage and a boost to staff morale.

Eligibility

To apply for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise your organisation must:

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

Your organisation can be business or non-profit.

Each of the award categories has additional entry criteria.

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
  • prove that your organisation has achieved outstanding growth in overseas earnings relative to your business size and sector
  • prove steep year-on-year growth (without dips) in overseas sales over 3 years – or substantial year-on-year growth (without dips) over 6 years

If you already hold an international trade award you can only apply for a new award for:

  • substantial year-on-year growth over 6 years if you’re in the fifth (final) year of your current award (granted before April 2015)
  • steep year-on-year growth in overseas sales over 3 years if you’re in the second, third, fourth or final year of your current award (granted before April 2017)

To apply for the Innovation award, you must also:

  • have an innovation that has not been sold 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

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

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

  • have had a social mobility programme running for more than 2 years
  • prove that the programme benefits your organisation (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

Application

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are free to enter. You can apply for more than one award.

You’ll need to:

  • create an account and register your details
  • answer questions about your eligibility – this should take less than 15 minutes
  • submit your application between 8 May and midday on 12 September 2018

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

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