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
- 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
- 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.
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-
- 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
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
- 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.