The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious business awards – and applications are now open.
First established in 1965, more than 7,000 companies have since achieved a Queen’s Award.
The Awards recognise and reward outstanding achievements in the fields of Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility).
They can bring substantial benefits to winners, including increased staff morale, boosts to turnover and international trade, greater recognition and excellent marketing opportunities.
As well as a presentation at the workplace to all the staff by the Queen’s representative, winners are also invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace.
The Award is valid for five years and you can use the logo on your stationery, uniforms, marketing material, and so on.
There is even a flag you can fly at your premises to highlight you are a Queen’s Award winner.
One of the South West winners in recent years was Plymouth Citybus, who received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2020.
The firm was honoured in the ‘Promoting Opportunity’ category for its work assisting the “most vulnerable and disadvantaged” in finding employment.
Richard Stevens, managing director of Plymouth Citybus and Go South West, said: “We are over the moon to have not only been shortlisted for a Queen’s Award, but go on and win one for social mobility.
“It is a huge honour and really goes to show the amount of pride each and every member of the team takes in providing a valuable service.”
You must submit your application by midday on September 6, 2022.