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Queen’s Award for Enterprise 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 two full-time UK employees or part-time equivalents
  • demonstrate strong corporate social responsibility.


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

  • Innovation
  • International Trade
  • Sustainable Development
  • Promoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility



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 two years
  • have recovered all the investments made in your innovation or show that the innovation will recover
    its full costs in the future
  • show outstanding commercial success as a result of innovation over two years – or continuous commercial success over five 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.


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
  • 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 three years – or substantial year-
    on-year growth (without dips) over six years


Sustainable Development

For more information on the Sustainable Development award, please contact the Lord-Lieutenant via the Assistant Clerks to the Lieutenancy.


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 two years
  • provide evidence of the programme’s benefits (for example, to your organisation and employees).


Your improvements should help socially disadvantaged individuals or groups and 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.