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Apply for The King’s Awards for Enterprise

Recognising the achievements of businesses

Great achievements in business deserve top-level recognition. The King’s Award for Enterprise is the highest award for outstanding achievement in business.

This award specifically seeks to reward the qualities that lie at the heart of progressive organisations that push the country forwards and embrace a responsible approach to business.

To that end, the award can be given to companies that have forged new pathways through innovation, made a contribution to international trade, demonstrated sustainable development, or have opened up opportunities by promoting social mobility.

Queen’s Award for Enterprise
i2r Ltd, winners of QAE 2022
i2r Ltd, winners of QAE 2022
Queen's Award for Enterprise presentation to Scanning Pens Ltd
Queen's Award for Enterprise presentation to Scanning Pens Ltd

What are the benefits of receiving a King's Award for Enterprise?

The award serves as a quality mark that allows companies to demonstrate high-level recognition, flying The King’s Award flag and carrying the mark on promotional literature and product packaging.

On receipt of The Kings’s Award for Enterprise, winners will be presented with the award at their premises by the Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire and invited to a Royal reception. In addition, the company will receive a Grant of Appointment certificate and a trophy.

Lasting for five years, The King’s Award for Enterprise offers a unique promotional opportunity, delivers a boost to staff morale, and can bring increased recognition and an associated rise in value.

Any business or not-for-profit organisation that is based in the United Kingdom can apply for the award as long as they have at least two full-time employees (or equivalent), submit returns to HM Revenue and Customs, and show a commitment to social responsibility.

The awards are broken down into sectors to recognise innovation, international trade, sustainable development, and promoting opportunity through social development.

Which companies can apply for a King's Award for Enterprise?

The awards seek to reward those companies showing excellence in everything they do.

Your company could be eligible for a King’s Award for Enterprise if it has: seen significant, documented, growth in overseas trade; has a genuinely innovative and viable product; can demonstrate positive outcomes from sustainable development; or has proven examples of opening up opportunities through social mobility.

A strong application will show a commitment to good practices across the board, alongside providing evidence of achievements and a blueprint for future success.

Grainger & Worrall QAE Presentation
Grainger & Worrall QAE Presentation
Queen's Award for Enterprise to Landau Ltd
Queen's Award for Enterprise to Landau Ltd

The benefits of receiving a King’s Award for Enterprise

From previous winners of the awards 77% have reported that winning The Queen’s Award for Enterprise increased the commercial value of their company, while 73% enjoyed greater press coverage and employee engagement.

A number of businesses in Shropshire have previously been recognised with the award, including Protolabs of Telford and Orchard Valley Foods of Tenbury Wells.

Make sure you fully recognise the achievements of your company by applying to be considered for The King’s Award for Enterprise. For help in submitting an application for a King’s Award for Enterprise please contact the Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire.

King’s Award for Enterprise 2025 applications will open in May 2024

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