Benefits of Winning The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

Benefits of Winning The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

Benefits of Winning The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

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By Donna O’Toole

Benefits of Winning The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

Every year on The Queen’s Birthday, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise award winners are announced.

Each winner will have had their own motivation for entering; recognition for an innovative product or service, to differentiate themselves from their competitors, recognition for their exporting success or simply for the prestige.

No matter the motivation for entering, every winner comes away knowing they are one of the best businesses in the UK.

WINNERS PERKS

Not only do you receive an invitation to Buckingham Palace, the Lord Lieutenant of your County will visit your office as a representative of The Queen. The representative will award the company with a Grant of Appointment and commemorative crystal bowl with the winner’s emblem.

This is a really fantastic opportunity to get all of your employees, stakeholders, family and friends involved for a real celebration and to be part of the presentation ceremony. You can also invite local journalists and photographers to document the event and get some valuable news coverage and PR, letting everyone know of your success!

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For the five years following the win, all winners are granted the use of the official Queen’s Awards for Enterprise winners emblem. The emblem represents prestige, notable achievement and is recognised globally. It’s a fantastic asset to use on your website, email signature, marketing materials and packaging.

Businesses who enter and unfortunately don’t win can still find the experience of entering beneficial. Unsuccessful entrants receive feedback, providing targets to work towards and outlining where they may need to focus to be successful next time around. This feedback isn’t just beneficial for re-entering but is often sound business advice to take forward and improve.

GROWING SUCCESS

Winners of The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise have reported improvements across the business;

  • 77% of winners have reported increased commercial value for the business
  • 73% of winning businesses have seen employee engagement increase
  • 73% of winners benefited from additional press coverage in local, national and industry press
  • 57% of International Trade winners received increased recognition from overseas

Most importantly, 85% of winners have said winning The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise have met or exceeded their expectations.

Like most awards, it’s how you respond and utilise a win that can determine how much success you achieve off the back of the win.

An award like The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise needs to be shouted about. It is a huge achievement and is a fantastic tool to win new customers, clients, contracts, stakeholders and for recruitment. It is also a great statement to say to your existing contacts ‘The Queen has recognised us as one of the best businesses in the UK!’

THE QUEEN’S AWARDS FOR ENTERPRISE

The Queens Award for Enterprise programme opens in May and deadlines in September.

If you think your business has what it takes to win The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise then get in touch! We will give you an impartial, honest consultation on your chances of winning and if you are eligible.

We have a 100% success rate with The Queen’s Awards. We will only take on clients who we believe have a high chance of winning and are the perfect candidate. Our success is your success.

Click here for more information on the categories and read our winners’ case studies.

 

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HiB Queen’s Awards Innovation Winner 2020

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HiB Queen’s Awards Innovation Winner 2020

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

By Donna O’Toole

On the Queen’s 94th Birthday, luxury bathroom retailer supplier HiB was recognised as one of just 220 British businesses to win the coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category.

From humble origins selling mirrors from his North London home in 1990, HiB Chairman, Warren Ginsberg spent almost 30 years growing a thriving family business whilst challenging the status quo of the bathroom industry. By creating innovative bathroom products to give customers more choices and benefits than ever before, HiB is at the forefront of bathroom design in the UK and worldwide today.

In 2014, after significant business growth and development, HiB became the first bathroom products manufacturer to embed Colour Temperature Changing (CTC) technology into bathroom mirrors, newly pioneering an entire sub-industry. From there they have gone on to further innovate, adding Bluetooth Technology and heated pads to keep mirrors crystal clear and steam free to meet the needs of the modern consumer’s gadget-loving, tech-driven, always-on lifestyle, allowing them to play music or even talk on the phone.

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ROAD TO SUCCESS

Assessment

The Queen’s Awards are designed to recognise the outstanding achievements of British business in the fields of, Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility).

The eligibility criteria is stringent and there is a rigorous entry process. So before we support anyone to enter we run an assessment to determine whether the business is ready to win.

In Spring 2019, with HiB’s 30th year anniversary approaching, managing director Robert Ginsberg thought it would be wonderful to mark the company’s success by winning the most prestigious business award in the UK and when he told us their story, we knew from the very first assessment that they had what it takes to win a Queen’s Award.

After passing our assessment, we were confident HiB had a great chance of winning in the innovation category. So we got to work finding out every detail about the business and their industry-leading products.

Crafting the Nomination

We met the HiB team at their national distribution centre in Tamworth where we were hugely impressed with how the business is run and enjoyed the family feel that they have maintained despite their scale.

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It was wonderful to hear of all the community and charity projects they get involved in too, like ‘Around the World in Different Ways’ where the whole team is fundraising for Alzheimer’s Research UK and the National Autistic Society. You can read more about this and support here.

After discovering so much about the business, we were able to support the team to carry on with their main business focus whilst we crafted their nomination, demonstrating and evidencing their business achievements to prove the many reasons why they deserved to be recognised as one of Britain’s best businesses.

THE ROYAL STAMP OF APPROVAL

We thoroughly enjoyed supporting HiB from entry in the summer, to shortlisting in the autumn, and finally winning in April 2020.

As winners, HiB will now be able to shout about their achievements by;
● Displaying the globally recognised winners logo for the next 5 years across their website, products, and communications
● Flying the official Queen’s Award flag at their UK Headquarters, Inspire House
● Maximising PR opportunities in regional, national and industry press
● Leveraging their win to increase sales and enhance customer relationships
● Being invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace
● Hosting an official event with the Lord Lieutenant who will present them with their award and commemorative glass trophy

We are so proud to have been able to support another fantastic, well-deserving British business to win. And at a time where the world is in a state of flux it has been a hugely positive message for HiB to bring to their customers, teams and partners – demonstrating that the UK is a place for strong family businesses to thrive in the future.

Robert Ginsberg, Managing Director said,

“Product development is at the heart of our business vision and our design teams continuously drive the company forward with new, inventive concepts to benefit the wider community. Across the HiB and Novum ranges, our mission has always been to provide mirrors, cabinets, lighting and ventilation solutions which combine stunning aesthetics with the very latest technology and our growing product collections are a clear demonstration of that vision.

“We inspire a strong company culture across our workforce, which is based upon our core values of excellence, teamwork, community and innovation. As a business we value the creativity and vision of all our employees, which helps us work towards a common sense of achievement. This has been particularly clear over the last few months.

“Despite the difficult times many of us are facing, it is heartening to know that we can share some positive news with our partners, suppliers, employees and wider community and celebrate this significant award, which is a huge achievement for everyone at HiB.”

HiB people

And we were delighted to know how much they enjoyed working with us too, with such lovely feedback:

We are delighted to have won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category and would highly recommend Donna’s services. Her professional advice and guidance was invaluable during the application process and we would like to thank her for all her efforts. With Donna’s help, we were able to put together a comprehensive submission for the esteemed award and we are thrilled with the results.” Steve Kaye, Marketing Director, HiB

Could you win a Queen’s Award?

Feeling inspired? Think you could be a Queen’s Awards for Enterprise winner? Don’t know how or where to start? Then get in touch!

We will consult with you and give you an honest assessment. If you’re not likely to win, we will make sure you understand why, and when to apply in the future. And if you do have a good chance of winning, we will let you know the next steps to take.

UK Businesses of all sizes can win a Queen’s Award. All you need is at least 2 full-time employees and good growth. And remember, the awards look back at your past financial performance, so don’t let what’s happening now put you off entering!

The competition opens in May and deadlines in September each year. Nominations take many WEEKS and more often months to prepare. We limit how many projects we work on each year, so if you want to enter contact us now for your free honest assessment.

 

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The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners 2020

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The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners 2020

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

By Donna O’Toole

The 2020 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise winners have been announced!

On Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 94th Birthday, 220 outstanding UK businesses have been given the royal stamp of approval and awarded the most prestigious business award in the world. Congratulations to the winners across the four categories:

  • 128 International Trade Winners
  • 66 Innovation Winners
  • 19 Sustainable Development Winners
  • 7 Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility Winners

The Queen’s Awards are designed to recognise only the most exceptional businesses in the UK. Each and every winner will have met the rigorous criteria and proved their worth.

This is a remarkable achievement at any time, but especially in these challenging times, it is fantastic to be able to celebrate British business strength and resilience.

REGIONAL WINNERS

Winners represent every region of the UK and the numbers are relative to the entrants. Every year there are calls for more businesses outside of London and the South East to enter. Where would you fit into this list?

  • 27 winners from the East
  • 12 winners from the East Midlands
  • 35 winners from London
  • 7 winners from the North East
  • 30 winners from the North West
  • 4 winners from Northern Ireland
  • 8 winners from Scotland
  • 36 winners from the South East
  • 23 winners from the South West
  • 8 winners from Wales
  • 15 winners from the West Midlands
  • 15 winners from the Yorkshire and Humber

You can find a full list of winners here.

CLIENT SUCCESS

Every year we support our clients to win a Queen’s Award, and 2020 was no different.

One of our proud winners in 2020 is luxury bathroom retailer supplier HIB, whose industry-changing products led them to win The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in the Innovation category.

Product development is at the heart of HIB’s vision and their design teams continuously drive the company forward with new, inventive concepts to benefit the wider community. HIB’s mission has always been to provide mirrors, cabinets, lighting and ventilation solutions which combine stunning aesthetics with the very latest technology and their growing product collections are a clear demonstration of that vision.

Steve Kaye, Marketing Director at HiB Ltd said, “We are delighted to have won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category and would highly recommend Donna’s services. Her professional advice and guidance was invaluable during the application process and we would like to thank her for all her efforts. With Donna’s help, we were able to put together a comprehensive submission for the esteemed award and we are thrilled with the results.

Could you win a Queen’s Award in 2021?

**IMPORTANT INFORMATION** Don’t let the current crisis stop you from entering the Queen’s Awards this year. To establish your achievements the awards look BACK at past performance.

So if you have been growing year on year and business has been going well, this could be your time to gain a valuable award to support your business to grow in 2021.

If you want to find out how your business can join the elite list of winners, contact us now.

The 2021 entry programme will open 1 May 2020 and deadline September 2020.

In the meantime, we’ll be running our popular FREE Queen’s Awards assessments.

Places are limited and we promise to give you only honest and frank feedback on your chances of winning. So you’ve got nothing to lose by talking to us.

Get in touch today to book your assessment.

 

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The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Qualifying Assessments

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The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Qualifying Assessments

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Booking now for 2021

Every year we are over-subscribed with businesses wanting our help to win the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

And the reason they want to win so badly won’t surprise you.

It’s because this award has the potential to send your sales sky-rocketing into the stratosphere quicker than any other award in the world.

In fact, one of our winners last year said that their sales went UP by 30% within just a few months of splashing the logo across their website.

Why?

Because these are the ONLY awards given out by The Queen to 200 of the best businesses in the UK.

And that tells the rest of the world a lot!

  • It tells them that your business is growing (so you must be doing things right)
  • It tells them that your business is credible and trustworthy (so you’re not about to disappear)
  • It tells them that you are innovative (so your product/service is at the front of the market)
  • It tells them that you have good values and look after your people and your partners (so you’ll look after them too)
  • It tells them that you are doing the right thing by the environment and local community (so you are ethical and considerate)

And by telling them all of that, what do you get?

Well, first you get a distinguished logo to use on all your marketing materials for 5 years (and we’ve seen it added everywhere, from websites to vans, flags to banners).

You also get a trip to Buckingham Palace to celebrate with your fellow winners and network your heart out. And the Lord Lieutenant of your county will come and present you with an award too!

It’s PR opportunities galore!!

But above all else, you get credibility > which gets trust > which gets sales > which raises your brand profile

So what do you need to do to get all that in return?

Well, quite a lot actually. And don’t worry, that’s what we are here for.

But first. We need to work out if you are even in with a chance of winning!

You just need to book your FREE Queen’s Awards assessment and we’ll do the rest.

No strings. No silly sales shenanigans. Just a good, honest, trustworthy assessment and feedback. FREE!

Why?

Because every year we end up turning away good businesses who just left it too late for us to help them. And that is always such a shame.

So this year I want to change that!

This year I’m going to help you get ahead of the game and put yourself in the best possible position to win, by giving you the advice you need NOW. Before it’s too late.

These projects are hugely time-consuming (even for us experts) so we only work with a limited number of businesses for these awards.

So get yourself to the front of the assessment queue now.

It’ll be first-come-first-served for this one.

BOOK MY FREE QUEEN’S AWARDS ASSESSMENT NOW

Ps. If you’re wondering what your chances of success are, here are a few facts:

  • Our win rate for the past 3 years has ranged from 80-100%
  • There are typically around 200 Queen’s Awards winners, spanning every region of the UK.
  • You can enter if you have 2 or more UK-based employees. (So it doesn’t matter if you work with your partner in your pj’s at your kitchen table or have hundreds of employees in fancy offices across the world!)
  • In some of the categories, you only need 2 years growth to win! (Ok it’s much more complex than that, but that’s the basics).

The process is flippin’ long. And did I mention complex?! But as I said earlier, I know EXACTLY what the judges are looking for, and if I don’t think you will win, I personally GUARANTEE to tell you why, and my advice won’t cost you a penny.

Click here to get your free assessment booked.

 

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2019 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners Announced

2019 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners Announced

2019 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners Announced

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

By Donna O’Toole

2019 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners Announced!

On The Queen’s 93rd birthday, 201 businesses were announced as the 2019 Queen’s Award for Enterprise winners. This year, three-quarters of the winners are SMEs, including businesses with less than 10 employees.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is the most prestigious award a UK business can win. Winners can use the official winners’ emblem for 5 years, this is recognised across the world as a mark of excellence.

Past winners of the International Trade category have seen up to 73% growth in their international sales and global recognition. This year InnovateUK have provided funding for 1 in 5 innovation winners.

There are only 4 categories to enter, each with a rigorous criteria, and are designed to highlight the very best UK businesses. This year there are;

  • 129 International Trade winners
  • 61 Innovation winners
  • 6 Sustainable Development winners
  • 5 Promoting Opportunity winners

You can find the full list of winners here, and read about one of our own Queen’s Award winners – SciChart won in the Innovation category, read their story here.

Winners Benefits

Winners are invited to a Royal reception at Buckingham Palace alongside all the other winners from all 4 categories, which is a fantastic PR and networking opportunity.

As mentioned, winners receive an emblem they can use on all marketing materials, products, and websites. Winners are also allowed to fly The Queen’s Award flag at their main office.

In addition, winners will be awarded a Crystal trophy and a Grant of Appointment by one of The Queen’s representatives, usually the Lord Lieutenant of the County they are based. Again, a great PR opportunity, and celebration to be shared with employees and shareholders.

Winning can open many doors for your business, and provide previously unattainable opportunities.

2020 Deadline and criteria

Entries for the 2020 awards opened on 1 May 2019 and will deadline Midday 10 September 2020.

Each category has its own criteria, and this year it has been updated and changed. So if you’ve entered in the past and been unsuccessful, you should check the new criteria and see if you have a better chance of winning in 2020.

If you want your business to join the exclusive list of Queen’s Award winners then get in touch.

We know the awards inside out, and will give you a free, impartial, honest assessment on your chances of winning. Don’t worry if you’re not eligible at this moment in time, we can advise you on what to work towards to enter in the future.

You can take a look at each categories eligibility assessments here and make your own decision on whether you are eligible to enter.

 

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The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners 2018

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners 2018

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners 2018

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

By Donna O’Toole

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners 2018

On Her Majesty The Queen’s 92nd Birthday, 230 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise winners were announced.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the UK and recognise the best businesses in the country. Each winner is able to use the iconic winner’s emblem for 5 years, which is recognised as a global mark of excellence.

From the first winners in 1965, to the 230 winners this year, the criteria for the awards is notoriously rigorous.

Queen’s Awards Opening date and deadline:

The Queen’s Awards reopen for 2019 on the 8th May 2018, and deadline at midday on 14th September 2018.

If you want your business on the Queen’s Awards winners list next year read on to find out if you’re eligible to enter and contact us for a FREE assessment of your chances of success. Find out more information about the awards here, or take a look at our Queen’s Awards for Enterprise nomination service here.

Sustainable Development Category

In 2018, eight businesses won The Queen’s Awards for Sustainable Development for fulfilling the criteria. The winners are:

Each winner will have proved that their improved or their continuous sustainable development has helped their commercial performance for at least 2 years.

If you have a sustainable development that has helped your business commercially, use our infographic or watch our video to find out if you are eligible to win a Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development.

International Trade Category

A record 152 business won the Queen’s Awards for International Trade in 2018. Winners are from a range of sectors and include:

  • Alexander Mann Solutions
  • Cocogreen
  • SkyDemon
  • Vitabiotics
  • Nouveau Lashes

Every winner will proved outstanding year-on-year growth over three years, or continuous growth over six years. To win this award you must not have any dips in overseas sales during  the period entered.

If you trade internationally and can prove year-on-year growth use our infographic or watch our video to find out if you are eligible to win a Queen’s Award for International Trade.

Innovation Category

72 businesses won the Queen’s Awards for Innovation in 2018. Fast growing, innovative winners include:

Every winner will have a brand new innovative service, business model, process, or product that has been available for at least two years. The innovation must have delivered outstanding commercial success for at least two years, or continuous success for five years.

If you have a highly successful innovation use our infographic or watch our video to find out if you’re eligible to win a Queen’s Award for Innovation.

Promoting Opportunity Category

Just six businesses won the Queen’s Awards for Promoting Opportunity. This year’s winners are:

Every winner has a social mobility programme that has been running for a minimum of two years. Winners had to prove that their initiative has benefited the people involved as well as the business in terms of reputation, savings, and growth.

If you have social mobility programme which is promoting opportunity take a look our infographic or watch our video to find out if you’re eligible to win a Queen’s Award for Promoting Opportunity.

Become a Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winner

Did you know you only need to have a minimum of two people in your business to be able to enter the Queen’s Awards! No matter how large or small your business, with a strong entry you too could be recognised as the best in the UK.

If you think you could be eligible to enter, simply contact us and we will make sure you have the best chance of winning a Queen’s Award in 2019.

We have an outstanding success rate with The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise competition. Read about one of our previous winners here to learn just what it takes to win.

 

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