The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious accolades for businesses and individuals in the United Kingdom. The winners are announced each year on 21st April, Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday. The process is highly competitive – in 2012 a total of 862 businesses applied and 209 awards were granted. Eleven individuals were granted the Award for Enterprise Promotion.
The corporate awards recognise outstanding achievements by UK companies in three categories: International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development. Winners receive a range of benefits including worldwide recognition and extensive press coverage. Each Award is valid for five years and winners are invited to a reception with HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion recognises individuals who make outstanding contributions to enterprise culture in the UK. Those awarded this honour are nominated by individuals who are aware of their achievements. These Awards do not expire and recipients are also invited to the Buckingham Palace reception.