What are ‘premium awards’?

There are certain awards such as the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, Queen’s Honours (MBE, OBE etc.), the Institute of Directors and the Princes Royal Training Awards – amongst others – which command the very highest recognition and praise. The entry and judging process for these is particularly robust and there are often strict conditions which must be met. We have a great deal of experience in winning these types of awards for our clients.

What are the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise?

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business award a UK business can win. There are only four categories – each with extremely rigorous eligibility criteria:

  • Queen’s Awards for Innovation
  • Queen’s Awards for International Trade
  • Queen’s Awards for Sustainable Development
  • Queen’s Awards for Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility)

What are Queen’s Honours?

The British Honours system, or ‘Queen’s Honours’ mark the extraordinary contributions and service of people across the UK, and include four main awards:

  • GBE, KBE or DBE (Knight or Dame)
  • CBE (Commander of the British Empire)
  • OBE (Officer of the British Empire)
  • MBE (Member of the British Empire)

Honours are announced twice each year – firstly on New Year’s Day (1 January), then the Birthday Honours are awarded as part of the Queen’s Official Birthday celebrations during June.

When will I know if I’ve won a Queen’s Honour?

The process for Queen’s Honours can take anything from 6-18 months to complete, and you will be notified when a decision has been made. You have the opportunity to add a written update if the candidate has gone on to achieve anything particularly notable after the nomination has originally been submitted.

Is the awards process fair?

The rigorous, robust processes that are put in place for these premium awards ensures that only the most outstanding and deserving nominations are successful.

Can I nominate myself for a Queen’s Honour?

No. A designated person (who knows the nominee very well) must instigate the nomination process and act as the main point of contact throughout.


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What People Say About Us

“I couldn’t be happier, or more shocked, to have won a Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. Donna’s guidance was invaluable, and without her support and expertise we would have never even entered, nevermind won!”

Andrew Burnett-Thompson, CEO, SciChart


What People Say About Us

“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. 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

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"I have been working with Donna over the last few years and I have to say, I have found her to be the consummate professional, always keeping her promises, a great marketer and PR guru."

Neil Skehel, Ceo, Awards International

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“Donna’s masterclass gave me a fantastic insight into what it takes to win awards. I found the training extremely useful as this is something that can be carried forward and used on a day-to-day basis."

Pauline Saunders, Head of Events, The Learning & Performance Institute

What People Say About Us

“We were so proud to win gold in our category at the UK Business Awards. Thanks again Donna for your advice on our initial submission – which really helped shape the entry. The whole team is delighted with the result!”

Helen Nesbitt, Head of Content, Farrer Kane

What People Say About Us

“Donna’s guidance and advice was invaluable when preparing our submission for a number of awards this year. She helped us to lay out the detail in a way that ensured judges could clearly see compelling evidence aligned to judging criteria, challenged our thinking and helped us to ensure that nothing was left to chance. Time spent with Donna is time very well invested!”

Moyra Smith, Strategic Business Manager, Mercuri International

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“The awards training has been one of the most unique, informative, and inspiring days the team have ever completed. I was really impressed Donna at how you engaged and interacted with my team – you are a real inspiration and a lady bursting with personality. Keep up the amazing work!”

Andrew Scott, CEO, Ascot Group and Business Leader Magazine

What People Say About Us

“We haven’t won an award since 2007 but in the last 5 months – we have won 5, including a really prestigious one last Friday from the City of London. So just wanted to say thank you – the course really helped switch the way we thought about entering these and the results speak for themselves!”

Amy Walters, Business Manager, Bow Lane Dental Group


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