Queen's Award for Enterprise

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is the UK’s most prestigious accolade for businesses.  The winners are announced on 21st April each year, Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday.  The awards are generally presented by the Lord-Lieutenant at the winner’s own premises, and the range of benefits include worldwide recognition and extensive press coverage.  Each award is valid for five years and the winners are invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace.

Click here for a list of recent award winners in West Sussex.

Any organisation applying for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise must meet the following criteria:

  • 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 a business or non-profit.

For more information on how to apply please click here to go to the Queen’s Award for Enterprise website.

Details of the criteria for each of the four categories of award are shown below:

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International Trade

Your organisation must:

  • have made a minimum of £100,000 in overseas sales in the first year of your entry and show year-on-year growth

  • demonstrate 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