REVEALED: The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners 2021

REVEALED: The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners 2021

REVEALED: The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners 2021

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

By Donna O’Toole

The 2021 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise winners have been announced!

On the occasion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 95th Birthday, 205 outstanding UK businesses have been given the royal stamp of approval and awarded the most prestigious business award in the world. Five of these companies were successful in scooping awards in two separate categories – a hugely impressive feat.

Many congratulations to all the winners across the four categories:

  • 122 International Trade winners
  • 48 Innovation winners
  • 18 Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility) winners
  • 17 Sustainable Development winners

This year’s winners include London-based organisation Luminary Bakery. Established in 2014, this baking business and café helps women in deprived areas of the capital through issues such as long-term unemployment and domestic abuse by offering a safe, professional environment where they can use baking as a tool to gain skills and recover their independence.

The Queen’s Awards are designed to recognise only the most exceptional businesses in the UK. Each and every winner will have met the robust criteria and proved their worth. This is a remarkable achievement at any time – but especially in these challenging times – and it is fantastic to be able to celebrate British business strength and resilience.

Winners are permitted to fly The Queen’s Awards flag at their main office and use the emblem on their marketing materials. They are also given a Grant of Appointment (an official certificate) and a commemorative crystal trophy. Awards are valid for a five-year period.

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?

  • 38 winners from London
  • 26 winners from East Anglia
  • 22 winners from the South East
  • 19 winners from the South West
  • 17 winners from the West Midlands
  • 17 winners from the North West
  • 16 winners from Yorkshire & Humber
  • 15 winners from the East Midlands
  • 13 winners from Scotland
  • 11 winners from the North East
  • 6 winners from Wales
  • 5 winners from Northern Ireland

You can find a full list of winners here.

CLIENT SUCCESS

Over recent years, we have supported a number of clients to win a Queen’s Award – as shown amongst our case studies.

COULD YOU WIN A QUEEN’S AWARD IN 2022?

Don’t let the pandemic stop you from entering the Queen’s Awards this year. To confirm your achievements, the awards look BACK at past performance – it is important to remember this at all times.

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 2022 entry programme will open on Saturday 1st May 2021 and deadline in September 2021.

FREE QUEEN’S AWARDS STRATEGY SESSION

We have organised a FREE awards strategy session dedicated to the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, so that you receive plenty of useful and insightful pointers about what it takes to land the world’s most prestigious business award.

Places are limited, so it’s best to sign up now to avoid disappointment.

This exclusive session will take place on Friday 11th June at 11.00am.

Click here to secure your place.

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Exclusive Opportunity to Get Ahead in Awards

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Exclusive Opportunity to Get Ahead in Awards

Awards News

By Donna O’Toole

DO YOU WANT TO RAISE YOUR PROFILE, GROW YOUR BUSINESS AND ACHIEVE YOUR TRUE POTENTIAL?

Whether you’re an entrepreneur or business leader, your primary focus should be how to evolve and develop so that you can move your business forward. Standing still gets you nowhere. There is always room for improvement, however much success you might have experienced in the past.

Take the next step in your business journey by winning awards, and benefit from all of this:

  • Raise brand awareness
  • Acquire more customers
  • Increase your turnover
  • Attract lucrative new partnerships
  • Generate investment opportunities
  • Win more pitches than your competitors
  • Improve employee engagement, team morale and retention
  • Attract the highest calibre of new recruits

Don’t waste years of time, finances and resources by trialling high-value strategies that have no guarantee of a return on investment. Awards give you instant credibility, and demonstrate that you are a leading name in your sector, while providing reassurance to potential customers that they are in safe hands.

WITH THOUSANDS OF AWARDS AVAILABLE, HOW DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START?

It can be a real minefield choosing which awards are best to help you achieve your personal objectives. Fear not, as the answer is right here… As the Founder of August, I’ve got a passion for helping entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes to get the recognition they deserve. The best place to start is to devise a clear strategy which identifies the awards opportunities that are most relevant to your own story. Undertaking a healthy portion of research at the outset to determine entry requirements will ultimately pay dividends.

 


We are excited to have partnered with
Dent – a hugely successful multi-award-winning training organisation, to offer a two-part workshop this May. In these insightful sessions, you will receive a wealth of practical tips that will really help you to develop a winning awards strategy that works for you. I will talk you through the exclusive Six Pillars of Awards Success method and other useful tools, so that you’re empowered with the knowledge and skills to confidently move forwards in your awards journey. All for just £69 plus VAT! 

GET AWARDS: SESSION 1

Wednesday 19th May 2021
9.30am – 1.00pm (BST)

GET AWARDS: SESSION 2

Wednesday 26th May 2021
9.30am – 1.00pm (BST)

It’s time to take action and start reaping the lucrative benefits of winning awards. Stop waiting and start winning!

Discover more and secure your place by clicking here.

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER AWARDS

Three prestigious awards will be closing for entries within the next few weeks – this is your final opportunity to get involved, show what your business has to offer and walk away with a highly regarded new award that raises your value in your marketplace.

The UK Business Awards 2021 are now open

UK BUSINESS AWARDS

These awards will recognise the businesses, teams and individuals that are shaping the future of British business and enterprise. This year, there is a focus on how businesses have coped with the pandemic and the Brexit transition period. The 26 categories include ‘Best New Business’, ‘Best Sustainability Initiative’ and ‘Best Business Response to the Crisis’.

Entry Deadline: Friday 21st May

Institute of Customer Service Awards 2021

INSTITUTE OF CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARDS

Individuals and organisations that have implemented successful customer service strategies are recognised in the UK Customer Satisfaction Awards. Amongst the 16 categories offered in 2021 are ‘Best Customer Experience’, ‘Best Use of Customer Insight’ and ‘Customer Feedback Strategy’.

Entry Deadline: Friday 21st May

INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL EXPERIENCE AWARDS

Any business displaying innovation and best practice excellence in the field of digital experience should consider entering these awards, which were formerly known as the UK Digital Experience Awards. Showcase the exceptional work that your company has achieved in 20 categories such as ‘Best Digital Transformation’, ‘Most Effective Digital Marketing Strategy’ and ‘Best Digital Response to the Crisis’.

Entry Deadline: Wednesday 26th May

NEED SUPPORT WITH YOUR ENTRIES?

If you want to submit the strongest award entries, we are here to help. We can take care of your entries from start to finish, including choosing the best category, crafting the best story to score highly with the judges, and providing expert insights to get you to the winning post throughout. Get in touch today to find out how we can support you to win.

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NEW AWARD – Celebrating the Best in British Business

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NEW AWARD – Celebrating the Best in British Business

Awards News

By Donna O’Toole

We are delighted to be a partner of the 2021 Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards, which were launched last week by Sarah Austin, and will celebrate the resilience, innovation and creativity of British businesses. Whatever the nature and sector of your business – big or small, an innovative new start-up or an established industry player, there are plenty of opportunities to showcase the excellent progress that you’ve made over the past year.

With a series of exceptional networking events for finalists, these awards – proudly sponsored by Lloyds Bank – will culminate in a fabulous awards ceremony at Grosvenor House Hotel, London on Tuesday 9th November 2021 when the 12 category winners will be crowned.

Categories range from ‘The Lloyds Bank Exporter of the Year Award’, to ‘The Purpose Before Profit Award’ and ‘The New Entrepreneur of the Year Award’.

LLOYDS BANK BRITISH BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2021 CATEGORIES

The full list of categories includes:

  • The Lloyds Bank Small to Medium-sized Business of the Year Award
  • The Lloyds Bank Exporter of the Year Award
  • The Lloyds Bank New Business of the Year Award
  • The New Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • The Lloyds Bank Positive Social Impact Award
  • The Employer of the Year
  • The Business Enabler of the Year Award
  • The Purpose Before Profit Award
  • The Technology Innovation Award
  • The Mid-Market Business of the Year Award
  • The LDC Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • The Scale-up Business of the Year Award

IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Entries Open: NOW
Early Bird Deadline: Friday 6th May (save £50 per entry)
Entry Deadline: Friday 25th June
Shortlist Announced: Mid-July

Click here for more information on the 2021 Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards, and good luck to all entrants this year!

WE GET THE INSIDE SCOOP

Our Founder, Donna O’Toole, caught up with Sarah Austin about this year’s awards in more detail on her Winning Awards podcast.
Listen now to discover:

  • How you can benefit from being involved in the Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards
  • How the awards will work in their inaugural year
  • What we can look forward to at the 2021 awards ceremony

ARE YOU READY TO BECOME AN AWARD-WINNER?

If you would like some support with your entries, we are here to help. We can take care of your entries from start to finish, working with you to choose the best category, put together the best story to score highly with the judges, and to provide expert insights throughout.

Get in touch today to find out how we can support you to win.

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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.

HiB Globe Mirror (1)

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.

Inspire House Photo (002)

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

HiB flying the QAE flag at their headquarters, Inspire House

HiB flying the QAE flag at their headquarters, Inspire House

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

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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