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.

FEELING INSPIRED?

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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Meet SwimTrek one of our Queen’s Awards Winners

Meet SwimTrek one of our Queen’s Awards Winners

Donna O'Toole, Queen's Awards for Enterprise winner SwimTrek

Meet SwimTrek one of our Queen’s Awards Winners

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By Donna O’Toole

SwimTrek – The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise winners swimming their way to success!

Back in 2000, Simon Murie (pictured above) had a dream; to recreate Lord Byron’s infamous swim across the Hellespont – a stretch of open water dividing Europe and Asia which was made famous in Greek Mythology by Leander’s nightly swims to see his lover Hero.

So off he went to Turkey to attempt the swim himself, unaware of all the complications and permissions that would be required to undertake such a swim. After spending a week organising the event between the coastguard, the army, the council, and a local pilot who would take him across the water, he completed the swim in just under an hour!

Simon quickly saw the gap in the market to help swimmers realise their dreams, without having to worry about all the hard work behind organising the event. And so SwimTrek was born. A business that has since helped thousands of people to achieve their open-water swimming dreams, safely and securely in over 40 magical locations worldwide.

Little did Simon know that 17 Years later, his childhood dream would see his business becoming the proud recipient of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category.

So how did he do it and how can you turn your dream into recognition from Her Majesty The Queen in the most prestigious awards competition in the world?

Simon and I met by chance at Acumen business conference in 2016. At that time SwimTrek had been growing rapidly, and like many business owners, Simon had put all his focus into his customers and his team, and not had the time to consider whether they could be ready to win some awards.

We discussed SwimTrek’s growth, what they did, how they did it, and all the benefits this brought to their customers, teams, and locals worldwide. I identified their potential ‘win theme’ and suggested to Simon that actually now was the time for him to get some well-deserved recognition for the business and take a plunge into some new unknown waters – business awards. But not just any old business awards, I recommended that SwimTrek entered the most prestigious awards programme in the world – The Queen’s Awards!

Simon Murie, SwimTrek, Donna O'Toole, Queen's Award for Enterprise, 2017

With a busy summer ahead for SwimTrek, and trips planned all over the world, Simon and his team were happy to put the process into our hands and keep their minds on their customers and their business – exactly where they should be.

So with our guidance and support, the right evidence was gathered, the commercial progress was analysed, the benefits to employees, customers, partners, and the environment was assessed, and all the rigorous and comprehensive criteria was met.

Step by step, every box was ticked and every word mattered – and the outstanding work SwimTrek is doing in the adventure holidays industry shone like a beacon from the (many) award entry pages.

When Simon found out they had won, his words said it all: “Winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation means so much to me, and to the whole team at SwimTrek. It is recognition of the ongoing effort we have made to ensure we operate at the highest possible standards, and it gives us great pride to represent the UK Tourism Industry as a unique, innovative and exceptional provider of adventure swimming holidays. We can’t wait to share the news with our customers and partners across the world, and to use this as a platform to deliver even more exciting swimming adventures in the future.”  

SwimTrek Queen's awards for Enterprise, Donna O'Toole, August Recognition

And of our help and support in putting the entry together, Simon has kindly put it in his own words: “Donna helped us to understand all the different elements of the Queen’s Award application process, including what the judges were looking for and how we could line up our business processes with the criteria. The application itself looked hugely complex and time-consuming, which is an added stress when you are busy running a business. Donna took that stress away and helped us to see how what we considered business as usual was in fact incredibly important to our application.”

Could you be a future Queen’s Award winner?

Queen's Awards for Enterprise Donna O'Toole

Your company can be from as small as just two people right up to a global brand!

The competition is as exciting and rigorous as ever. Winners will attend a celebration at Buckingham Palace and will be visited by the Lord Lieutenant of the county to present their award. Winners can also use the Queen’s Award emblem on all marketing materials for 5 years – priceless PR that has been proven to grow business results.

Contact me for a totally free and honest assessment of your chances of winning.

And if you fancy a unique adventure holiday like no other – you really can’t beat SwimTrek.

 

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