The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is the most prestigious business award a UK Business can win. You may have heard of the awards programme, but don’t know where to start, if you have a chance of winning, or if you should apply this year.

The awards are rigorous, but certainly not impossible to win. Large, medium and small businesses around the UK receive the award. If you’re doing great things, growing well, and have the facts and figures to back it up then you have every chance of winning.

The secret to winning The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is to choose the category and sub-category that fits your business perfectly, have a compelling narrative and can bring your strategy, story and commercial results altogether to show you are outstanding.


The first step, and possibly the most important, is to decide which category to enter;

  • The Queen’s Award for Innovation
  • The Queen’s Award for International Trade
  • The Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development
  • The Queen’s Award for Promoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility

If you’re lucky, choosing the category will be straight forward. But what if you’re a business with an innovative new product, successfully exporting overseas, focusing on sustainable business practices and social mobility practices? You could enter 1, 2, 3, or all 4 categories, but do you know how to position your story and your financial results to give you the best possible chance of winning?

Global, national and local businesses from all over the UK make up the winners’ list each year. There is no ‘typical award winner’ in this competition. The winners do all have one thing in common though – a comprehensive, strong award entry and high performing commercial results. Take a look at last year’s winners to give you an idea of the scope of businesses winning Queen’s Awards last year.


The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are open from May until September, but anytime is a great time to start preparing.

First things first, the awards have strict eligibility rules for each category. To find out if you’re eligible to enter click on the category you’re interested in;

Don’t worry if you’re not eligible at this moment in time. Now you know what they are looking for you can work towards this and enter in the future.

However if you are eligible, it’s time to start looking at your end of year results and thinking about whether you have the numbers and data to evidence your success. This could mean waiting for another set of end of year results, gathering customer testimonials, or working on your CSR initiatives.

Winning entries take time to compile, so don’t delay your chances of winning an award that could really put your business on the map.


August founder and CEO, Donna O’Toole is an experienced awards expert with outstanding success in The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise competition. Take a look at one of our many Queen’s Awards winners here.

Get in touch today for your free consultation and find out if you are ready to enter one of the biggest business awards in the world.

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