The Queen's Awards for Enterprise: why you should apply

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise (QAE), is the UK’s most prestigious business Award for British companies. It recognises UK businesses for outstanding commercial success in innovation and international trade and leading the way in sustainable development practices, and promoting opportunity - by recognising a business’s social mobility programmes and practices.

There are three categories of Award for organisations.

  • Innovation
  • International Trade
  • Sustainable Development

The Awards are bestowed each year by Her Majesty the Queen and are valid for 5 years.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious enterprise awards and are a great way of celebrating the best of British business.

Who can apply

You can only apply as an organisation. The deadline is 2 September. The winners are announced every year on 21 April, Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement in 4 categories:

  • innovation
  • international trade
  • sustainable development
  • promoting opportunity through social mobility

2016 winners from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire were:-

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

What happens if your company wins

If you win you’ll be:

  • invited to a Royal reception at Buckingham Palace, hosted by Her Majesty The Queen - 2 people from your company can attend
  • 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, eg on your packaging, advertisements, stationery and website
  • given a Grant of Appointment and a commemorative crystal bowl

Further information

For more information on the Queen's Awards for Enterprise and how to apply please see:


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