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Queen's Award for Enterprise

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise

The current format of The Queen's Award for Enterprise consists of four categories. Find out the eligibility criteria, how to enter using the online entry form, and the deadline to make a nomination.

Information about the Awards Programme

UK businesses, and other organisations, compete for The Queen's Awards for Enterprise each year.

Winning represents outstanding achievement in the categories of:

So, what would your company get for winning The Queen's Award for Enterprise this year? You may win an award by excelling on any of the four categories which means you would:

The Queen's Award for Enterprise Winners

A special supplement in the Gazette officially announces the details of awardees in April each year. You can also view all previous supplements of all winners since 1966.

Note: The awards stay valid for five (5) years. Previous winners cite increased commercial value, greater press coverage, and worldwide recognition as some of the benefits after winning an award.

The Queen's Award for Enterprise Eligibility

A company or organisation must meet the eligibility criteria to apply for the Queen's Award for Enterprise. Thus, it must:

Note: Entrants can either be a profitable business or a non-profit organisation. There is additional entry criteria for each of the four award categories.

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise Eligibility and Previous WinnersInternational Trade Award

The extra eligibility criteria to apply for the International Trade award includes:

Note: Already holding an award for international trade award means you can only use one (1) year's growth from the previous application.

Innovation Award

To be eligible to apply for the Innovation award your company or organisation must also have:

The innovation should fall into one of these particular categories:

Sustainable Development Award

The qualification criteria to apply for the Sustainable Development award means you must show (either):

Those achievements should fall into one of these particular categories:

Award for Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility

To meet the extra qualification criteria to apply for the Promoting Opportunity award you must also:

Those improvements should fall into one of these particular categories:

How to Apply for The Queen's Award for Enterprise

There are no charges to enter the Queen's Awards for Enterprise - it is free to submit an application. You can also apply for more than one award.

Applications have now closed for the 2019 awards. The 2020 awards open from May 1st 2019 and close on September 10th 2019. You can contact the Queen's Awards Helpline or the GOV.UK blog if you need further help.

Queen's Awards Helpline
Email: queensawards@beis.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 7215 6880
Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
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If You Submitted an Application in 2018


Eligibility for The Queen's Award for Enterprise in United Kingdom

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