Queen’s Birthday Honours List October 2020

Queen’s Birthday Honours List October 2020

Queen’s Birthday Honours List October 2020

Queen’s Honours

By Donna O’Toole

Frontline key workers and volunteers have been honoured for their contributions during the Covid-19 pandemic in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

The list was postponed from being published for the Queen’s official birthday in June until October to allow for all those who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic to get the very highest recognition they deserve.

Alongside key workers and volunteers, some well-known faces also received honours.

Manchester United and England Footballer Marcus Rashford for his services to vulnerable children, and to The Body Coach, Joe Wicks for his free national PE lessons during lockdown and donations to charity, both received MBEs.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the recipients of this year’s honours are “a testament to the sort of country we are – caring, compassionate and resolute in the face of a global pandemic.” And that “the hard work and dedication of these local, often unsung heroes has helped carry us through.

WHO RECEIVED A  2020 QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOUR

The Queen’s Honours list highlights those people from all backgrounds who have given their time to their community, industry, charities and the country.

This year’s 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list;

  • 1,358 candidates have been selected at BEM, MBE and OBE level:
    537 at BEM
    561 at MBE
    260 at OBE
  • 137 candidates have been selected at CBE and higher
  • 1,069 honours have been given to people who have volunteered in their communities and completed outstanding work
  • 740 women have been recognised in the List, 49% of the total
  • 13% are from a BAME background
  • 6% consider themselves to have a disability (under the Equality Act 2010)

You can see the full lists of recipients here.

KEEPING THE COUNTRY GOING DURING THE PANDEMIC

14% of the total 1,495 recipients on the list are health and social workers.

Just one of those is Felicia Kwaku, from Islington, North London, who has been a nurse for 30 years. As associate director of nursing at Kings College NHS Foundation Trust, she championed the cause of nurses from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background.

Also honoured are fundraisers who have raised millions during the pandemic, like 100-year-old Dabirul Islam Choudhury who has been made OBE for raising £420k.

Jay Flynn’s viral virtual pub quiz has landed him an MBE for his charitable activities raising £750k whilst cheering people up from around the world reaching up to 180,000 people.

72% of recipients have been awarded for their work in the community, supplying free meals to those shielding, volunteering, and delivering care packages.

And of course, the Cabinet couldn’t forget to recognise the experts working in the Science, Health and Pharmaceutical fields who are at the forefront of studying COVID-19 symptoms, testing and making headway with a vaccine.

THE IMPORTANCE OF RECOGNITION

Recognition is so valuable, it’s valuable to our mental health, our personal progression and serves to inspire others.

We see this every day in businesses and teams we work with, and we know first-hand that the difference some credible recognition makes can be life-changing.

Receiving an Honour from The Queen is the highest official form of recognition an individual can achieve. And as it’s such a prestigious award only those who truly, truly deserve it will be given one.

And every year for the Queen’s Birthday Honours and New Year’s Honours we get so excited to find out who has received an honour and learn more about their fantastic achievements, and we’re always blown away by some of the stories.

You hear about the celebrities and public figures who receive MBEs, OBEs, CBEs, Damehoods and Knighthoods, but the real-life “normal” people who receive honours are where the magic is…

The business owner who has been a thought leader for their industry over the past 50 years, the nurse who has served her community for 30 years, the 16-year-old who has raised thousands of pounds for charity – these are the stories we love to see and read. If you want to nominate someone you know for their incredible efforts you can do so by clicking here.

And listen to our podcast episode on How to Create a Queen’s Honours Nomination below;

 

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Benefits of Winning The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

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Business Awards

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.

Over the years we have had an 80 – 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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Could you be Eligible for a Queen’s Honour?

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Queen’s Honours

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Could you be eligible for a Queen’s Honour?

The 2018 New Years Honours list featured a wide range of extraordinary people from every corner of the UK, with ages ranging from 18 – 101 years old! Amongst the award winners were author Michael Morpurgo who received a knighthood for his services to Literature and Charity. More famous faces joined the list;

  • Drummer Richard Starkey (AKA Ringo Starr) of The Beatles received a knighthood
  • PR Consultant Lynne Franks received an OBE for her services to business, fashion and women empowerment
  • The First British Astronaut Helen Sharman received one of the highest honours, The Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for her services to education in science and technology

Of the 1123, Lucia Mee is the youngest. At only 18 years old, she has undergone three liver transplants following her diagnosis of autoimmune hepatitis. Lucia is being awarded a BEM for dedicating her time to promoting and spreading awareness about organ donation.

The list features individuals who have dedicated their lifetime to helping others. Two individuals stand out in particular, at 101 years old Lt Col. Mordaunt Cohen receives an MBE for his services to WW2 education. Also, 101 years old,  Helena Jones receives a BEM for her services to young people in the Brecon, Powys community. What an incredible legacy for their families!

How do you get an MBE, OBE, CBE or Knighthood?

The honours system rewards people for their outstanding achievements, those who have shown great commitment to serving and supporting Britain, and those who have demonstrated exceptional service to their industries, communities and professional disciplines.

If you have made life better for others or are excel at what you do – you or a friend, family member or colleague could be eligible for an honour from The Queen!

Anyone can be nominated for an Honour. However, the entry process is not to be taken lightly.

Creating a nomination involves compiling an outstanding narrative, testimonials and evidence, then putting it all together in a clear, cohesive and comprehensible way. Once submitted it can take between 12-18 months or longer to get a response.

The entries are rigorously checked by an Honours Committee to decide who shall receive the prestigious awards at either The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June or in the New Year Honours List. In total there are around 2200 awards given out every year!

Types of National Honours

There are several types of Queen’s honours you can receive. These range from;

  • Dame or Knighthood
  • Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
  • Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
  • Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
  • British Empire Medal

Each honour is awarded depending on the achievements you have detailed in your nomination, you do not specifically choose which one you would like to apply for.

What receiving an honour from The Queen could do for you

Receiving an honour is such a huge achievement and you should reap the rewards it brings. When you receive an honour you are invited to Buckingham Palace and presented with your medal by The Queen or a member of the Royal family. Your name and achievements are published in major national and international publications and if you are awarded a Damehood or Knighthood you receive the title ‘Sir’ or ‘Dame’, for other honours you have the letters of the award added to your name.

What an amazing platform for sharing your story with others and motivate more people to look after their communities or expand their profession with their commitment!

Who do you know that could be worthy of an honour from The Queen?

Donna has successfully overseen hundreds of honours applications and knows what it takes to win. Get in touch today to find out if your candidate could be in line for an honour too.

 

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