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The Queen's Award for Enterprise

celebrating outstanding achievements by UK businesses in Innovation, international trade, sustainable development and social mobility

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of:

  • innovation
  • international trade
  • sustainable development
  • promoting opportunity through social mobility 


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 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.

Each of the award categories has additional entry criteria.

International Trade

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-on-year growth
  • 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 3 years - or substantial year-on-year growth (without dips) over 6 years


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 2 years
  • have recovered all the investments made in your innovation or show that the innovation will recover its full costs in future
  • show outstanding commercial success as a result of innovation over 2 years - or continuous commercial success over 5 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

Sustainable Development

The Sustainable Development award will open for applications in Summer 2019.

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 2 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 following areas:

  • 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

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