Applications NOW OPEN for The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2023

Applications NOW OPEN for The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2023

Applications NOW OPEN for The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2023

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

By Donna O’Toole

You have until Tuesday 6 September 2022 at 1.00pm to get your application in!

If you were suitably inspired by the 232 UK businesses that recently received the world’s most prestigious business award, you might want to look into applying for next year.

The Queen’s Awards are designed to recognise only the most exceptional businesses in the UK, and there are considerable benefits that come with receiving this award.

Each and every winner will have met the rigorous criteria and proved their worth in one (or more) of the following four categories:

  • International Trade
  • Innovation
  • Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility)
  • Sustainable Development

KEEN TO APPLY, BUT UNSURE IF YOU’RE READY?

Fear not! You can quickly and easily use our FREE eligibility tool to check if the time is right for your business.

What’s more, you are invited to attend our FREE online workshop dedicated to The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise on Wednesday 15 June at 11.00am. You’ll receive plenty of useful and insightful pointers about what it takes to land this invaluable business award.

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

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Before attending our workshop, check out our case studies to see how we have supported a number of clients to win a Queen’s Award.

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REVEALED: The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners 2022

REVEALED: The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners 2022

REVEALED: The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners 2022

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

By Donna O’Toole

The 2022 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise winners have been announced!

On the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen’s 96th Birthday, 232 outstanding UK businesses have been given the royal stamp of approval and received the world’s most prestigious business award.

Many congratulations to all the winners across the four categories:

  • 141 International Trade winners
  • 51 Innovation winners
  • 9 Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility) winners
  • 31 Sustainable Development winners

This year’s winners include West Sussex-based World of Books, who were awarded both the Queen’s Award for International Trade and Sustainable Development. An online book retailer with customers in 175 countries, they sell 12 million used books each year. What’s more, they support 4,400 UK charity shops through the purchase of surplus stock, as well as recycling books and other media that cannot be reused.

4 Mental Health – an organisation in Conwy that provides mental health training courses and free self-help resources – was awarded a Queen’s Award for International Trade, after seeing overseas training increase considerably from 2018 to 2021, to a point where it now represents nearly half of all their activity.

Pearson Engineering also saw a huge rise in overseas activity between the same three-year period – especially in the USA, Canada and South Korea. As a provider of equipment to the Armed Forces, their work ensures that armoured vehicles can become more capable when on the battlefield.

A social enterprise that delivers workshops to teach sustainable reuse and repair skills was recognised for the work they’ve done in reducing pollution and emissions. The Edinburgh Remakery received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.

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 of the 12 different regions?

  • 37 winners from London
    3 Innovation, 26 International Trade, 2 Promoting Opportunity, 6 Sustainable Development
  • 30 winners from the South East
    5 Innovation, 16 International Trade, 3 Promoting Opportunity, 6 Sustainable Development
  • 25 winners from the West Midlands
    7 Innovation, 14 International Trade, 2 Promoting Opportunity, 2 Sustainable Development
  • 23 winners from East of England
    7 Innovation, 12 International Trade, 1 Promoting Opportunity, 3 Sustainable Development
  • 23 winners from Yorkshire & The Humber
    6 Innovation, 16 International Trade, 1 Sustainable Development
  • 22 winners from the East Midlands
    7 Innovation, 13 International Trade, 2 Sustainable Development
  • 21 winners from the South West
    6 Innovation, 11 International Trade, 4 Sustainable Development
  • 19 winners from the North West
    5 Innovation, 11 International Trade, 1 Promoting Opportunity, 2 Sustainable Development
  • 14 winners from Scotland
    2 Innovation, 8 International Trade, 4 Sustainable Development
  • 9 winners from the North East
    2 Innovation, 6 International Trade, 1 Sustainable Development
  • 5 winners from Wales
    1 Innovation, 4 International Trade
  • 3 winners from Northern Ireland
    3 International Trade

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 2023?

If you’ve 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 2022. It’s important to remember that the awards look BACK at past performance to confirm your achievements.

To find out how your business can join the elite list of winners, contact us now.

The 2023 entry programme will open on Sunday 1st May 2022 and deadline in September 2022.

FREE QUEEN’S AWARDS FOR ENTERPRISE WORKSHOP

We have organised a FREE workshop 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 online session will take place on Wednesday 15th June at 11.00am.

Click here to secure your place.

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Win Awards to Improve Staff Wellbeing

Christmas has come and gone in a flash, the New Year is well and truly upon us, the days are still short and cold, and we have just experienced Blue Monday – the “most depressing day of the year”. However, fear not…

Now is the ideal time to give your staff a boost through the power of awards, as many of the most prestigious industry awards are either open now or in the near future. Seize this moment to plan and launch your awards strategy for 2022.

As well as raising your business profile, generating greater brand awareness and increasing turnover, awards such as the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Great British Workplace Wellbeing Awards, British Business Excellence Awards, Customer Experience Awards, Employee Experience Awards, Scale-Up Awards, and Learning Awards will also provide outcomes that are linked to improving the wellbeing of your workforce.

From employee engagement and retention, to raising morale and lifting entire communities, awards play an essential role in creating the ʻbest place to workʼ. Award nominations and wins can considerably improve staff motivation, satisfaction and development.

When we conducted a customer survey in 2021, we asked what had changed since simply entering awards – 83% said that ‘Team Morale’ had increased. What’s more, a research study by Sapio revealed that 32% of businesses saw an improvement in ‘Staff Retention’.

As a result, employees will speak more positively about their workplace, which could be a draw for experienced candidates. An award-winning business has a distinct advantage when it comes to attracting new clients, whilst also impacting the local community with added credibility, trust and purpose.

 

Stop Waiting. Start Winning!

With so much to gain, it’s time to take action, banish those blues, and get in touch with the awards experts at August Recognition. If you would like to discover more about how we can support you to win awards, simply get in touch here.

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Who won at the 2021 Great British Entrepreneur Awards?

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A SHOWCASE OF THE FINEST BRITISH ENTREPRENEURSHIP

It was fantastic to be able to celebrate all the remarkable achievements from our talented and inspirational entrepreneurs at the 2021 Great British Entrepreneur Awards in London.

Hosted by Oli Barrett MBE and Wynne Evans (of GoCompare fame) at The Grosvenor House Hotel, this event brought together 1,200 entrepreneurs, business leaders and awards industry professionals for a star-studded celebration of entrepreneurial excellence that saw 159 businesspeople recognised for their achievements.

Many congratulations go to Francesca James and her team for organising an exceptional event that will live long in the memory.

Hugely successful entrepreneur and founder of Social Chain, Steven Bartlett – the newest (and youngest) Dragon – was a guest speaker, and was on hand to provide invaluable advice to inspire those in attendance.

A total of up to eight regional winners were chosen for each of the 17 categories. Here’s a summary of who came home victorious:

Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year:
Mike & Alison Battle | Lapland UK (London & East of England)
Helen Routledge | Totem Learning (Midlands)
Claire Knight & Antonio Bachini | The Traveller and The Bear (North East)
Zoe Glencross | Zoe Glencross (North West)
Emma & Fergus Macdonald | The Tartan Blanket Co. (Scotland & Northern Ireland)
Jade Sammour | Dainty London Jewellery (South East)
Jonny Williams | BoomBocs (South West)
Jen Danger Harding | Danger Doodles (Wales)

Disruptor of the Year:
Rob Bridgman | Snug (London & East of England)
Mark Smith | TruInvest (Midlands)
Joshua Gill | Everflow (North East)
Gary Gallen | rradar (North West)
Jonathan Waggott | Angel Guard (Scotland & Northern Ireland)
Constantine Karampatsos & Verity Batchelder | GoodLife Sorted (South East)
Charles Taylor, Johann Farhan & Joe Galliford | Sina Medical Technology
William Sachiti | Academy of Robotics (Wales)

Entrepreneur for Good Award:
Nate Macabuag | Koalaa (London & East of England)
Gavin Mullaley & Dean Starr | Cornerstone Partnership (Midlands)
Chris Quickfall | Cognassist (North East)
Chelsea Slater & Jo Morfee | Innovate Her (North West)
Ruari Fairbairns | One Year No Beer (Scotland & Northern Ireland)
Keisha Ehigie | Imagine Me Stories (South East)
Jen Baughan | Solutions for the Planet (South West)
Mark Williams | LIMB-Art (Wales)

Entrepreneurial Spirit Award:
Henry Faber & Walter Kerr | Oppidan Education (London & East of England)
Lorri Delahunty | VEGAN Happy Clothing (Midlands)
Charlotte Windebank | FIRST (North East)
Ben Pearson | BigClothing4U (North West)
Melanie Auld | Spice Pots (Scotland & Northern Ireland)
Sanjay Lobo | onHand (South East)
Teresa Swinton | Paradigm Human Performance (South West)
Adele Pember | Dog Furiendly (Wales)

Family Business Entrepreneur of the Year:
Howard & Vivien Wong | Little Moons (London & East of England)
Paul Curtis | The Zeus Group (Midlands)
Helen Johnson & Matt Goddard | Decorating Centre (North East)
Claire Watkin | The Fine Bedding Company (North West)
David & Lou Rundle | Blue Star St Andrews (Scotland & Northern Ireland)
Khatuna McDermott | Red Edge Concept (South East)
Olly, Max & Josh Kohn | The Jolly Hog (South West)
Ross Jones & Rachel Lyndon-Jones | Ouma (Wales)

Fashion & Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year:
Anna Brightman | UpCircle (London & East of England)
Oyinkansola Adebayo | Niyo Hair & Beauty (Midlands)
Kassi Emadi | Nuddy (North East)
Jimmy Hill | Hairbust (North West)
Fraser Angus & Daniel Morris | Lola’s Cosmetics (Scotland & Northern Ireland)
Priya Downes | Nueda (South East)
Jezz Skelton | Abbott Lyon (South West)

Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year:
Harriet Hastings | Biscuiteers (London & East of England)
Jacob Watts, Max Poynton & Matthew Bond | Project D (Midlands)
Liam Manton & Mark Smallwood | Didsbury Gin (North West)
Sabine Klaus-Carter | Calvin’s Free-From Foods (Scotland & Northern Ireland)
Stuart MacDonald | ManiLife (South East)
Ellie Webb | Caleno Drinks (South West)
Scott Davies | Hilltop (Wales)

Foreign Innovation Awards:
Lynn Erasmus (Lynn Erasmus Ltd)

Health & Wellbeing Entrepreneur of the Year:
Katherine Pither | Yogi Bare (London & East of England)
Maxine Laceby | Absolute Collage (Midlands)
Victoria Burnip | Unforgettable Experience (North East)
Lloyd Pearce | Trio Healthcare (North West)
Simas Jarasunas | Brite Drinks (Scotland & Northern Ireland)
Gordon Lott | Dr. Vegan (South East)
Katie Brindle | Hayo’u (South East)
Benjamin & Marc Shipman | The GO2 Brand (Wales)

Made in the UK Award:
Sarah Simons & Sarah Purse | British Baby Box (London & East of England)
Rose Ovensehi | Flora + Curl (Midlands)
Helen Robinson | Féerie Telle (North East)
Brant Richard & Ed Oxley | HebTroCo (North West)
Genevieve Smart | Genevieve Sweeney (South East)
Shane Darwin | Mucky Nutz (South West)
Callum Griffiths | Clydach Farm Group (Wales)

Pivot Entrepreneur of the Year:
Elizabeth Tweedale | Cypher Coding (London & East of England)
Ewan Jones & George Dyer | Protective Sportswear (Midlands)
Erin Graybill | Luxe England (North East)
Shay O’Carroll, Shaz Sulaman, Andy Sands & Rob Hilton | PixelMax (North West)
James Eagle | The Pished Fish (South East)
Ozi Maden | Ozi Lala Levantine Street Food (South West)
Michael Beck, Craig Lomax, Sean Thomas & Michael George | Reworking

Scale-Up Entrepreneur of the Year:
Philip Belamant | Zilch (London & East of England)
Rob Stone | Instaloft (Midlands)
Jack Sutcliffe & Simon Hobson | Powersheds (North West)
Danny Campbell | HOKO Design (Scotland & Northern Ireland)
Timothy Brownstone | Kymira (South East)
Cas Paton | OnBuy.com (South West)
Darren Briggs | Ascona Group Holdings (Wales)

Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year:
Jon Hulme & John Burke | Craft Gin Club (London & East of England)
Kamran Saleem | Motoserv UK (Midlands)
Samantha Read | APM Cleaning (North East)
Lee Chambers | Essentialise (North West)
Paul Hargreaves | Cotswold Fayre (South East)
Ross McCaw | Our People
Darren Briggs | Ascona Group Holdings (Wales)

Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year:
Andrew Jervis | ClickMechanic (London & East of England)
Shailendra Singh | Cellomatics Bioscience (Midlands)
Wayne Spriggs | Lusso Stone (North East)
Nicky Story | Supplies for Candles and The Soap Kitchen (North West)
Rosemary Eribé | ERIBE KNITWEAR (Scotland & Northern Ireland)
Pam Gruhn | Frenchic Paint (South East)
Kirsty Passmore | Rock Pool Life CIC (South West)
Rhys King | RGifts (Wales)

Start-up Entrepreneur of the Year:
Maria Rodriguez | Kind Bag (London & East of England)
Claire Ransom | Lazy Flora (Midlands)
Mike Davies | Haystack (North East)
Nick Redford | Zest Food Partners (North West)
Katrina Hutchinson O’Neill | Join Talent (Scotland & Northern Ireland)
Natalie Ward | Latched (South East)
Matt Dyson & Nick Webb | Rockit (South West)
Claire Copeman | Adventure Tours UK (Wales)

Sustainability Entrepreneur of the Year:
Eve Kehkeh | Bundlee (London & East of England)
David Hanney & Nick Smith | Alpkit (Midlands)
Cecily Handerson & Katherine Rhodes | PomPom (North East)
Morten Toft Bech | Meatless Farm (North West)
Emma & Fergus Macdonald | The Tartan Blanket Co (Scotland & Northern Ireland)
Kathryn Jonas | Wild + Stone (South East)
Tom Carr & Richard Pearce | Verto Homes (South West)
Geryn Evans | Project Blu (Wales)

Young Entrepreneur:
Krissy Cela | Tone + Sculpt (London & East of England)
Ben Amanna | Boxraw (Midlands)
Jonathan Grubin | SoPost (North East)
Sam Teale | Sam Teale Productions (North West)
Jack Francis | Pogo Studio (Scotland & Northern Ireland)
Victoria Poon | Alpaca Coffee (South East)
Keely Cat-Wells | C Talent (South West)
Joseph Ward | Smallspark Space Systems (Wales)

Finally, it was time to award the coveted Great British Entrepreneur of the Year, which went to the founder of Zilch, Philip Belamant, who moved to the UK from South Africa in 2018 to set up his new business. Fast forward three years and Zilch is valued at a staggering $2billion.

We were thrilled to celebrate the success of our amazing friends and clients who were shortlisted and winners across the categories, and who shone like the superstars they are amongst the absolute best in the UK.

Special mention must go to 11-year-old Ben O’Connor, who was comfortably the youngest entrepreneur to make the finals, and enjoyed his moment on stage with Wynne Evans and Oli Barrett MBE – an occasion he will never forget.

Read more about the Great British Entrepreneur Awards here.

 

FREE AWARDS STRATEGY GUIDANCE

If you would like to increase your chances of success at upcoming awards – so you can be a future award-winner like all of those above – we recommend attending our next Awards Strategy session, where you will benefit from a wealth of useful tips and pointers about how to pick the awards you could win and build an effective awards strategy for your business.

Click here to secure your FREE place on our next session.

 

DISCOVER MORE

To find out more about the awards industry and how we work, head over to our handy FAQs page. Here, you’ll find eight different sections covering everything you need to know to begin your journey.

If you have a specific awards enquiry, simply complete our online form to contact us, and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

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A CELEBRATION OF BRITISH BUSINESS EXCELLENCE

After 18 months of supporting our awards industry partners, clients, colleagues and friends to survive, then thrive, it was amazing to be at our first live awards night of 2021 at The Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards.

Held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, it was the perfect opportunity for catching up with so many inspirational individuals and coming together to celebrate everyone’s great resilience and success over the past year.

Huge congratulations must go to Sarah Austin (above) and her team for delivering a superb event that included special appearances from the Oxford Vaccine Group and our golden sporting couple – Jason Kenny CBE and Laura Kenny CBE (below).

When it was time to reveal who would walk away with the all-important trophies, things couldn’t have got off to a better start. Our parent company, Dent Global, won the ‘Business Enabler of the Year’ to become the evening’s first award winner. A beaming Daniel Priestley – Dent’s Co-Founder (pictured below with our Founder, Donna O’Toole), was on hand to collect this prestigious award.

It’s been an absolute joy to join the Dent group this year, and to share their incredible work and achievements supporting entrepreneurs with the world’s leading awards programmes. We couldn’t be prouder of everyone involved.

Here’s a summary of all the winners:

  • The Business Enabler of the Year Award: Dent Global
  • The Small to Medium-sized Business of the Year Award: Frenchic Furniture Paint
  • The Exporter of the Year Award: Direct Healthcare Group
  • The New Business of the Year Award: Evona
  • The New Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Philippa Main (Founder & CEO, Three Sisters Farm)
  • The Positive Social & Sustainable Impact Award: Jude’s Ice Cream
  • The Employer of the Year: Bovingdons Catering
  • The Local Business of the Year Award: Your Tender Team
  • The Purpose Before Profit Award: Sahan Cares CIC
  • The Technology Innovation Award: Octopus Energy
  • The Mid-Market Business of the Year Award: QBS Technology Group
  • The Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Simon Morrish (CEO, Ground Control)
  • The Scale-up Business of the Year Award: QBS Technology Group

There was also a special award given to the Oxford Vaccine Group for their ‘Outstanding Contribution to British Business’.

We were thrilled to celebrate the success of our amazing friends and clients who were shortlisted and winners across the categories, and who shone like the superstars they are amongst the absolute best in the UK. What a night!

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FREE AWARDS STRATEGY GUIDANCE

If you would like to increase your chances of success at upcoming awards – so you can be a future award-winner like all of those above – we recommend attending our next Awards Strategy session, where you will benefit from a wealth of useful tips and pointers about how to pick the awards you could win and build an effective awards strategy for your business.

Click here to secure your FREE place on our next session.

 

DISCOVER MORE

To find out more about the awards industry and how we work, head over to our handy FAQs page. Here, you’ll find eight different sections covering everything you need to know to begin your journey.

If you have a specific awards enquiry, simply complete our online form to contact us, and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.

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