The Queen’s Awards For International Trade
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.
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
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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