The Queen's Awards for Enterprise

business woman in a workshopEvery April winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are officially announced in a special Gazette supplement. 

What are The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise?

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for UK business. Officially announced in a special Gazette supplement every April, the Awards are designed to recognise and encourage outstanding achievements in the fields of:

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

When were The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise first introduced?

The Queen’s Awards scheme was instituted by Royal Warrant in 1965 with the first Awards made in 1966 (Gazette issue 43953) under the scheme’s original title, The Queen's Award to Industry.

In 1975 the scheme became the Queen's Awards for Export and Technology, with Environmental Achievement added in 1992. However, in 1999 the scheme was again renamed The Queen's Awards for Enterprise with ‘international trade’, ‘innovation’ and ‘sustainable development’ as the categories. In 2017, a fourth category was introduced, ‘promoting opportunity (through social mobility)’.

Since 2005, individuals have also been recognised with the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion. As of 2017, this individual award has been rested.

See the 2021 winners in a special Gazette supplement2021: The London Gazette issue 63334.

How do you nominate a business for The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise?

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are a self-nominating process and are free to enter. The application period for the 2022 awards is currently open, and will close on 22 September 2021.

You can visit the website to apply and to find a full list of the eligibility criteria.

Queen's Awards Gazette supplements 

Changes to the awards

See also

(Please note that for the 2000 supplement, awardees P&M Products Ltd, Pascall Electronics Limited, Pfizer Limited, Polycarb Ltd, Psion Dacom Plc and John Ross Jr (Aberdeen) Ltd may not be viewable within the scanned version.)

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