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The Queen's Awards for Enterprise

The three categories that your business can enter for The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are:

  • International Trade
  • Innovation
  • Sustainable Development

There is also an individual award category - see the page in this guide on The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion.

Each Queen's Awards category has different application criteria that you must meet before you apply.

General eligibility criteria for a Queen's Award

To be able to apply for any of The Queen's Awards categories, your business must:

  • be based in the UK - including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
  • operate as a business unit of the UK economy
  • have at least two full-time employees or part-time equivalents
  • be able to demonstrate commercial success

You can apply for more than one category as long as you meet the criteria for each category you want to apply for.

Queen's Award for International Trade eligibility criteria

You must be able to show that your business has achieved substantial growth in overseas earnings and in commercial success. The levels must be considered 'outstanding' for your relative business size and business sector. You can apply under either of the two criteria:

  • outstanding achievement in international trade over three years
  • continuous achievement in international trade over six years

Download a list of the 2011 and previous winners of The Queen's Award for International Trade (PDF, 315K) - Opens in a new window.

Queen's Award for Innovation eligibility criteria

You must be able to show that your business has substantially improved in areas of performance and commercial success. If you believe these achievements are outstanding for the size of your business, you can apply under either of the two categories:

  • outstanding innovation, continued over at least two years
  • continuous innovation and development over at least five years

Your achievements will then be assessed for any of the following:

  • invention, design or production
  • performance - of services and products
  • marketing and distribution
  • after-sale support of goods or services

Download a list of the 2011 and previous winners of The Queen's Award for Innovation (PDF, 247K) - Opens in a new window.

Queen's Award for Sustainable Development eligibility criteria

Sustainable development is any activity which 'ensures a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come'. For example, limiting the impact of your goods on the environment but still remaining successful.

Your business can apply under the following criteria:

  • outstanding advance in sustainable development, over at least two years
  • continuous achievement in sustainable development over five years

Your achievements should be in either of the areas that cover:

  • invention, design, production, performance, marketing, distribution, after sales support of goods or services
  • management - of resources or people and relationships with organisations (or their representatives)

Download a list of the 2011 and previous winners of The Queen's Award for Sustainable Development (PDF, 195K) - Opens in a new window.

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