Queen’s Awards For Promoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility

Queen’s Awards For Promoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility

Queen’s Awards For Promoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

By Donna O’Toole

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are one of the most prestigious awards in the world a UK business can win. The Queen’s Awards only have four categories open for nominations and a notoriously rigorous criterion to fulfil.

Promoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility

To enter the Promoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility category you must;

  • have a social mobility programme that has been running for at least 2 years
  • be able to prove the programme has benefited your business, either financially or otherwise

Your programme should offer;

  • Either work experience careers advice or mentoring
  • or non-graduate routes to employment, such as traineeships or updating your business’ recruitment practices
  • or equal support and progression opportunities for all employees

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Previous Winners

Take a look at some of the winners of the Queen’s Award for Promoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility category;

Dale Power Solutions – one of the leading and critical power product and services providers. Dale Power Solutions have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Promoting Opportunity for Social Mobility for their successful apprenticeship scheme which aims to communicate the benefits of apprenticeships, promote STEM subjects in schools and work with communities to provide careers and training.

Allen & Overy – the successful UK law firm was awarded the Queen’s Award for Promoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility for their PRIME and Smart Start Experience. The Smart Start Experience is unique within the legal sector, providing a week-long work experience for young people who receive a formal certificate on completion.

KPMG – as one of the leading providers of professional services, KPMG were awarded the Queen’s Award for Promoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility for their continuous work.They have introduced a number of non-graduate entry routes, which are backed by the Government.

Procure Plus Holdings – specialising in the procurement of goods and services for the social housing sector, Procure Plus Holdings were awarded the Queen’s Award for Promoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility. Their intelligent approach to procurement generates surplus which is used to fund training and development in the communities they serve.

Choose the right Queen’s Award category for your story

The awards are rigorous, but certainly not impossible to win — so long as you fit the criteria for the chosen category and sub-category, have a compelling narrative, and can tie up your strategy, your story, and your results in a way that shows you are outstanding. If the Promoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility category isn’t the right fit for you, take a look at the other categories available for you to enter;

Are you ready to win a Queen’s Award?

Find out if you are ready to enter the awards and how likely you are to succeed in the Promoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility category by contacting us today. Arrange your FREE consultation call with our CEO and Awards Expert Donna O’Toole who will provide an honest assessment of your chances of winning.

 

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By Donna O’Toole

SwimTrek – The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise winners swimming their way to success!

Back in 2000, Simon Murie (pictured above) had a dream; to recreate Lord Byron’s infamous swim across the Hellespont – a stretch of open water dividing Europe and Asia which was made famous in Greek Mythology by Leander’s nightly swims to see his lover Hero.

So off he went to Turkey to attempt the swim himself, unaware of all the complications and permissions that would be required to undertake such a swim. After spending a week organising the event between the coastguard, the army, the council, and a local pilot who would take him across the water, he completed the swim in just under an hour!

Simon quickly saw the gap in the market to help swimmers realise their dreams, without having to worry about all the hard work behind organising the event. And so SwimTrek was born. A business that has since helped thousands of people to achieve their open-water swimming dreams, safely and securely in over 40 magical locations worldwide.

Little did Simon know that 17 Years later, his childhood dream would see his business becoming the proud recipient of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category.

So how did he do it and how can you turn your dream into recognition from Her Majesty The Queen in the most prestigious awards competition in the world?

Simon and I met by chance at Acumen business conference in 2016. At that time SwimTrek had been growing rapidly, and like many business owners, Simon had put all his focus into his customers and his team, and not had the time to consider whether they could be ready to win some awards.

We discussed SwimTrek’s growth, what they did, how they did it, and all the benefits this brought to their customers, teams, and locals worldwide. I identified their potential ‘win theme’ and suggested to Simon that actually now was the time for him to get some well-deserved recognition for the business and take a plunge into some new unknown waters – business awards. But not just any old business awards, I recommended that SwimTrek entered the most prestigious awards programme in the world – The Queen’s Awards!

With a busy summer ahead for SwimTrek, and trips planned all over the world, Simon and his team were happy to put the process into our hands and keep their minds on their customers and their business – exactly where they should be.

So with our guidance and support, the right evidence was gathered, the commercial progress was analysed, the benefits to employees, customers, partners, and the environment was assessed, and all the rigorous and comprehensive criteria was met.

Step by step, every box was ticked and every word mattered – and the outstanding work SwimTrek is doing in the adventure holidays industry shone like a beacon from the (many) award entry pages.

When Simon found out they had won, his words said it all: “Winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation means so much to me, and to the whole team at SwimTrek. It is recognition of the ongoing effort we have made to ensure we operate at the highest possible standards, and it gives us great pride to represent the UK Tourism Industry as a unique, innovative and exceptional provider of adventure swimming holidays. We can’t wait to share the news with our customers and partners across the world, and to use this as a platform to deliver even more exciting swimming adventures in the future.”  

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And of our help and support in putting the entry together, Simon has kindly put it in his own words: “Donna helped us to understand all the different elements of the Queen’s Award application process, including what the judges were looking for and how we could line up our business processes with the criteria. The application itself looked hugely complex and time-consuming, which is an added stress when you are busy running a business. Donna took that stress away and helped us to see how what we considered business as usual was in fact incredibly important to our application.”

Could you be a future Queen’s Award winner?

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Your company can be from as small as just two people right up to a global brand!

The competition is as exciting and rigorous as ever. Winners will attend a celebration at Buckingham Palace and will be visited by the Lord Lieutenant of the county to present their award. Winners can also use the Queen’s Award emblem on all marketing materials for 5 years – priceless PR that has been proven to grow business results.

Contact me for a totally free and honest assessment of your chances of winning.

And if you fancy a unique adventure holiday like no other – you really can’t beat SwimTrek.

 

 

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Queen’s Awards For Sustainable Development

Queen’s Awards For Sustainable Development

Queen’s Awards For Sustainable Development

The Queen’s Award For Enterprise

By Donna O’Toole

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are one of the most prestigious awards in the world a UK business can win. The Queen’s Awards only have four categories open for nominations and a notoriously rigorous criterion to fill.

Sustainable Development

To be eligible to enter you must be able to either;

  • show that your sustainable development practices has aided your commercial business growth over 2 years or;
  • show that the continuation of your sustainable development practices has contributed to your commercial growth over 5 years

Also, your achievements should fall into one of the following categories:

  • an invention, design or production of goods
  • quality of your services provided
  • your marketing and distribution
  • continued support after the sale or service provided
  • management of resources or relationships with people and other organisations

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 Previous winners

Take a look at some of the winners of the Queen’s Awards for Sustainable Development from previous years;

St Austell Brewery – an award-winning brewery which has expanded across the south west of England. St Austell Brewery have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development for their Cornish Barley Growers’ Initiative to reintroduce barley as a staple crop of the county.

Belu Water Limited – by working with hotels, restaraunts and bars, Belu deliver water with the lowest carbon footprint possible. Belu were awarded the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development for their continuous work to reduce CO2 emissions and reduce the impact on the environment in the water sector.

Anglian Water Services – supplying water and water recycling services to over 6 million customers in the east of England. Anglian Water Services were awarded the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development for their achievements in embedding sustainability throughout their operations. Their Love Every Drop strategy details their commitment to sustainability for the whole business.

Jaguar Land Rover – the international car company were awarded a Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development in recognition of their initiative to reduce the environmental impact of their productions. Jaguar’s ‘whole lifecycle’ approach to the production of vehicles aims to reduce the environmental impact from the use of raw materials to the eventual disposal of a vehicle.

Choose the right Queen’s Award category for your story

The awards are rigorous, but certainly not impossible to win — so long as you fit the criteria for the chosen category and sub-category, have a compelling narrative, and can tie up your strategy, your story, and your results in a way that shows you are outstanding. If the Sustainable Development category isn’t right for you, take a look at the other categories available for you to enter;

Are you ready to win a Queen’s Award?

Find out if you are ready to enter the awards and how likely you are to succeed in the Sustainable Development category by contacting us today. Arrange your FREE consultation call with our CEO and Awards Expert Donna O’Toole who will provide an honest assessment of your chances of winning.

 

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The Queen’s Awards For International Trade

The Queen’s Awards For International Trade

The Queen’s Awards For International Trade

The Queen’s Award For Enterprise

By Donna O’Toole

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are one of the most prestigious awards in the world a UK business can win. The Queen’s Awards only have four categories open for nominations and a notoriously rigorous criterion to fulfil.

International Trade

To enter the International Trade category you must;

  • have had a minimum turnover of £100k in overseas sales in the first year of your entry
  • prove that your organisation’s overseas growth is outstanding for your business size and sector
  • prove substantial growth in overseas sales over 3 years – or substantial year-on-year growth over 6 years, without any dips.

If you have already been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade you can apply for a new award, but only if you can prove;

  • substantial year-on-year growth over 6 years if you’re in the fifth and final year of your current award
  • steep year-on-year growth in overseas sales over 3 years if you’re in the second, third, fourth or final year of your current award

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Previous Winners

Take a look at some of the winners of the Queen’s Awards for International Trade from previous years;

Gresham Technologies plc. – a leading software and services company providing real-life data integrity and control solutions. Gresham have been been awarded the Queen’s Award for International Trade for providing their award-winning software to some of the largest financial institutions across the world.

Winsted Ltd – providing the aerospace, broadcasting and security industries, amongst others, with high spec and ergonomic control room equipment, Winsted Ltd has been awarded their third Queen’s Award for International Trade. With 50 years of experience manufacturing high quality equipment, providing an excellent customer experience and a strong market focus, Winsted has gained an international reputation which is reflected in their overseas growth.

Symply Pet Food – providing natural food for dogs and cats, Symply has been awarded the Queen’s Award for International Trade for their international growth from a small family-run and owned business to a global enterprise. They now ship to over 45 countries and are looking to expand even more.

Adare International – the global marketing services provider delivers outsourced marketing communications services to some of the world’s biggest brands. Adare has been awarded the Queen’s Award for International Trade for the robust infrastructure they have built across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific whilst creating over 230 jobs and expanding their service portfolio

Choose the right Queen’s Award category for your story

The awards are rigorous, but certainly not impossible to win — so long as you fit the criteria for the chosen category and sub-category, have a compelling narrative, and can tie up your strategy, your story, and your results in a way that shows you are outstanding. If the International Trade category isn’t the right fit for you, take a look at the other categories available for you to enter;

Are you ready to win a Queen’s Award?

Find out if you are ready to enter the awards and how likely you are to succeed in the International Trade category by contacting us today.  Arrange your FREE consultation call with our CEO and Awards Expert Donna O’Toole who will provide an honest assessment of your chances of winning.

 

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Queen’s Awards For Innovation

Queen’s Awards For Innovation

Queen’s Awards For Innovation

The Queen’s Award For Enterprise

By Donna O’Toole

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are one of the most prestigious awards in the world a UK business can win. The Queen’s Awards only have four categories open for nominations and a notoriously rigorous criterion to fulfil.

Innovation

To enter the Innovation category you must;

  • have a product or service that hasn’t been sold before
  • have had your product/service on the market for a minimum of 2 years
  • have recovered the initial investments in the innovation of the product through sales or be able to show that you will recover the full amount in the future
  • be able to show outstanding commercial success because of the innovation over 2 years or continuous commercial growth over 5 years

In addition, your innovation should be one of the following:

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

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Previous Winners

Take a look at some of the winners of the Queen’s Awards for Innovation from previous years;

Ultrahaptics Limited – providing unique technology which uses ultrasound to project sensations through the air and onto a user’s hands. Ultrahaptic have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Innovation for their innovative core technology and their ongoing commitment to innovation.

SwimTrek –  organising open water swimming holidays and excursions for enthusiasts and triathletes. SwimTrek were awarded the Queen’s Award for Innovation for recognising a gap in the market and developing a one of a kind holiday experience, resulting in outstanding commercial success.

Abiligroup Limited – dedicated to creating unique IT solutions and breaking the mould. Abiligroup were awarded the Queen’s Award for Innovation for their unique Cobe.io product which monitors IT systems and IT infrastructure.

Domino Printing Services – providing a range of printing services to the food, beverage and health and beauty industries. Domino were awarded their 6th Queen’s Award for their A-series i-Tech printing range of industrial jet ink printers.

Choosing the right Queen’s Award category for your story

The awards are rigorous, but certainly not impossible to win — so long as you fit the criteria for the chosen category and sub-category, have a compelling narrative, and can tie up your strategy, your story, and your results in a way that shows you are outstanding. If the Innovation category isn’t the right fit for you, take a look at the other categories available for you to enter;

Are you ready to win a Queen’s Award?

Find out if you are ready to enter the awards and how likely you are to succeed in the Innovation category by contacting us today. Arrange your FREE consultation call with our CEO and Awards Expert Donna O’Toole who will provide an honest assessment of your chances of winning.

 

 

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How To Win A Queen’s Award for Innovation

How To Win A Queen’s Award for Innovation

How To Win A Queen’s Award for Innovation

The Queen’s Award For Enterprise

By Donna O’Toole

I really enjoy supporting businesses to win the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise competition. It’s a true game-changer for winners, brings them so much great PR, opens doors to all sorts of global opportunities, and even gets them to a reception at Buckingham Palace.

But there’s one little word that comes up for discussion time and time again when  deciding which category to enter. It’s a word that has really hit its stride in the awards industry over the last few years and judges quite rightly want to get to the bottom of what it means to you, your customers, your industry, and your future.

What is it?

Innovation

This seemingly innocent word in the awards lexicon is infamous for throwing organisations into a spin when it comes to winning a Queen’s Award.

Why?

Because unlike many prestigious awards programmes with lots of categories on offer, The Queen’s Awards stay focused on only 4 categories organisations can enter, these are:

  • Innovation
  • International Trade
  • Sustainable Development
  • Promoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility.

So if you are not exporting, doing something particularly sustainable, or focusing on promoting social mobility, you only have one choice left — and this can create what I have fondly coined the ‘square-peg-round-hole’ effect.

To win a Queen’s Award for Innovation you must first be able to show how you are innovative, and next be able to prove that your commercial success (your growing turnover and profit) is down to the innovation you have made — be that a product, a method, a service, or your whole business model.

Top Tip: If you are not sure whether to enter the Innovation category, or what the Queen’s Awards consider truly ‘innovative’ try substituting the word ‘innovation’ for the words ‘new and unique’. Ie. Is your business, product, method or service ‘new and unique’ or has it been done before? If it has, how can you demonstrate you are different?

Once you know you have a legitimate innovation to enter, all you need to do next is establish which of the two sub-categories ‘Outstanding Achievement’ or ‘Continuous Achievement’ will show your results and your business story in the best light. And only once that’s decided will you be ready to gather the most relevant and compelling information for your entry.

If you want to make sure you are not a ‘square-peg in a round-hole’ when you enter the Queen’s Awards give me a call and in a FREE consultation I will help you identify your innovation, determine your likelihood of success and choose which subcategory to enter. And if you would like me to I will advise you on how I can help maximise your achievements in an outstanding written report that gives you a real chance of becoming a Queen’s Award winner.

The competition opens for entry in Spring with approximately 150 awards up for grabs. Watch this space for more top tips on what to include in your entry, insights into the individual categories, and pointers on how to approach writing your entry from someone who knows all the ingredients needed to become a Queen’s Awards winner.

 

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