The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners 2020

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners 2020

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners 2020

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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2019 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners Announced

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2019 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners Announced

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

By Donna O’Toole

2019 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Winners Announced!

On The Queen’s 93rd birthday, 201 businesses were announced as the 2019 Queen’s Award for Enterprise winners. This year, three-quarters of the winners are SMEs, including businesses with less than 10 employees.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is the most prestigious award a UK business can win. Winners can use the official winners’ emblem for 5 years, this is recognised across the world as a mark of excellence.

Past winners of the International Trade category have seen up to 73% growth in their international sales and global recognition. This year InnovateUK have provided funding for 1 in 5 innovation winners.

There are only 4 categories to enter, each with a rigorous criteria, and are designed to highlight the very best UK businesses. This year there are;

  • 129 International Trade winners
  • 61 Innovation winners
  • 6 Sustainable Development winners
  • 5 Promoting Opportunity winners

You can find the full list of winners here, and read about one of our own Queen’s Award winners – SciChart won in the Innovation category, read their story here.

Winners Benefits

Winners are invited to a Royal reception at Buckingham Palace alongside all the other winners from all 4 categories, which is a fantastic PR and networking opportunity.

As mentioned, winners receive an emblem they can use on all marketing materials, products, and websites. Winners are also allowed to fly The Queen’s Award flag at their main office.

In addition, winners will be awarded a Crystal trophy and a Grant of Appointment by one of The Queen’s representatives, usually the Lord Lieutenant of the County they are based. Again, a great PR opportunity, and celebration to be shared with employees and shareholders.

Winning can open many doors for your business, and provide previously unattainable opportunities.

2020 Deadline and criteria

Entries for the 2020 awards opened on 1 May 2019 and will deadline Midday 10 September 2020.

Each category has its own criteria, and this year it has been updated and changed. So if you’ve entered in the past and been unsuccessful, you should check the new criteria and see if you have a better chance of winning in 2020.

If you want your business to join the exclusive list of Queen’s Award winners then get in touch.

We know the awards inside out, and will give you a free, impartial, honest assessment on your chances of winning. Don’t worry if you’re not eligible at this moment in time, we can advise you on what to work towards to enter in the future.

You can take a look at each categories eligibility assessments here and make your own decision on whether you are eligible to enter.

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SciChart Queen’s Award Innovation Winner 2019

SciChart Queen’s Award Innovation Winner 2019

SciChart Queen’s Award Innovation Winner 2019

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

By Donna O’Toole

November 2010, software developer Dr Andrew Burnett-Thompson made a lifechanging decision.

Frustrated by basic Windows charts and graphs software. He decided to create a better, unique charting software.

Andrew had worked as a developer and a consultant for many years. He understood the capabilities and limits of his industry. But he was also aware of the incredible improvements in computer gaming graphics.

He decided to try something new.

Combining the tech behind the fastest moving, highest performing and most visually appealing games. With the analytical features chart and graph software to display data and realtime charts.

SciChart was born.

SciChart could plot millions of data-points, in realtime, clearly and effectively on mobile and PCs. By constantly evolving and developing SciChart is the market-leading graph and charting software.

Used by the Automotive, Defence, Pharmaceutical, Oil & Gas, Investment Banking, and Trading industries. Across 40 countries worldwide to interpret and display vital graphs and charts.

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THE QUEEN’S AWARDS FOR ENTERPRISE ENTRY PROCESS

On a recommendation from a UK Trade & Investment representative, Andrew reached out. They believed SciChart would be worthy of winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Andrew had no idea how the awards worked. He didn’t think the business was ready and he was already far too busy to even think about awards!

Nonetheless, we had a chat and explained all the ins and outs of the competition. Giving him a fair, honest, and detailed assessment of their chances of winning.

The conclusion? Yes!

From our experience and understanding of the Queen’s Awards we knew SciChart would have a great chance. We only work with businesses we think will win. After all, our clients’ success is our success.

Andrew wasn’t so sure. He struggled to believe his small business would ever have a chance at winning the world’s most prestigious award.

“Donna explained what we needed to show, and told me how she would put our story together in a way that an awards judge would fully understand and appreciate what we do. I still can’t say I truly believed we could win, but we had nothing to lose by going for it and Donna promised not to waste my time applying for an award if it wasn’t likely to be a success.”

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are not easy to win. And SciChart isn’t a basic product. But we love a challenge!

We had to learn;

  • how it worked,
  • why it was innovative,
  • who needed it and why
  • where it was sold,
  • how it was used
  • and so much more.

Not only that, we needed to analyse SciChart’s commercial performance. Comparing financial results and real-life impact with the rest of the market.

It was our job to deliver a strong nomination and leave no stone unturned.

CHARTING SCICHART’S SUCCESS

We took the whole process out of Andrew’s hands. He could continue to run his business while we worked away in the background.

To cover every aspect of the criteria we had to learn all about SciChart. We talked to the team, gathered evidence, analysed growth, investigated their customer experience and evaluated the market.

With every award entry we write – the business is the star of the show. We know how to show it off in the best light!

The result was mind-blowing for Andrew. It was announced (April 2019) that SciChart had won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Award in the Innovation category!

The software business he had been building at 5am every day for months, before starting his day job, had been crowned one of the most successful businesses in the UK.

“I couldn’t be happier, or more shocked, to have won a Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for Innovation. Donna’s guidance was invaluable, and without her support and expertise we would have never even entered, nevermind won!”

We’re very proud to have been part of the process for SciChart and all of our Queen’s Awards winners.

COULD YOU WIN THE QUEENS AWARD FOR ENTERPRISE?

Feeling inspired? Think you could be a Queen’s Awards for Enterprise winner? Then get in touch!

Like Andrew, 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.

UK Businesses of all sizes can win a Queen’s Award. All you need is at least 2 full-time employees and good growth.

You can check your eligibility here. And find out the benefits of winning.

The competition opens in May and deadlines in September each year. Nominations take WEEKS to prepare. So if you want to enter contact us early for your free honest assessment.

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Is your award entry irresistible?

I recently attended an excellent training day led by Shine. The similarities in our industries are clear, whether bidding for high-value commercial contracts worth millions or even billions of pounds  or aiming to win high-level industry awards, the passion we put into making sure our clients win is palpable.

During the day I was inspired by a discussion around ‘the seduction of sales’. The theory being that no matter what we are selling, be that our product, our services, or even ourselves via our CV, we need to ‘seduce’ the reader/judge/panel/decision-maker into choosing our bid, or in our case, our award entry.

This struck me for two key reasons.

  1. Because I am quite bored of reading advice that your award entry should be ‘compelling’ – in this highly competitive world where everyone is striving to be the best, I wonder if ‘compelling’ is no longer enough. Your award entry needs to be irresistible.
  2. Because too often I believe businesses and people are ‘seduced’ into entering awards that just won’t work for them in delivering either success or value. There should be a strategy behind your awards initiatives if you really want to create sustainable success.

Now I’m a true advocate of putting values at the front of any pitch. And I believe that a values-led approach, backed up by undeniable data and substantial evidence, will allow you to deliver your award entry or presentation with the passion you need to truly ‘seduce’ your audience into choosing your pitch.

So I was delighted to find that my takeaways for the day met with my own intuitions on how best to approach a winning pitch. And I came away proud of the passion that we put into every brand story we tell, every awards journey we make, and every positive awards result we are behind.
If you’re thinking about whether your brand story could be picked by a panel of judges ask yourself this; if I was the judge of this award, would I find this entry truly irresistible?

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Sussex Chamber of Commerce – Business Leaders Conference

Sussex Chamber of Commerce – Business Leaders Conference

Sussex Chamber of Commerce – Business Leaders Conference

Personal Branding

By Donna O’Toole

 

On the 28th November, our CEO Donna O’Toole was humbled and honoured to speak at the Sussex Chamber of Commerce’s Business Leaders Conference 2017. Set in The Grand Hotel Brighton, the sheer impressiveness of the venue was matched by the inspirational entrepreneurs and business leaders in attendance.

The Event

Following lunch and a chance to network with other attendees, Donna took to the stage as the first speaker of the afternoon to inspire, motivate and encourage the room. Telling them the power of winning industry awards and how they too could become more profitable than their competitors through the awards they win.

Throughout her talk Donna let the crowd in on some of her trade secrets. Such as how to win prestigious local, national and international awards such as the Chamber Awards and The Queen’s Award for Enterprise. With her audience’s interest piqued, an array of questions were asked, including one from David Sheppard Chairman of Sussex Chamber who discussed the need to provide evidence within an award entry, before a well-deserved round of applause broke out around the opulent hall. 

Sussex Chamber of Commerce, Business Leaders Conference, Donna O'Toole, August, Awards Expert, Entrepreneur

Ben Towers – Bedroom to Boardroom

Next we heard from the highly successful, young entrepreneur Ben Towers. At only 19 years old he has successfully created, run and completed a multi-million pound merger of his own company.

Ben took us through the story of his business life. From building websites at only 11 years old as a freelance web designer and using Youtube ‘How to’ videos as a tool for learning new skills, to having his bedroom set up as an office and his school reprimanding him for having a business whilst studying for his GCSEs. Ben even had to hire himself as an apprentice to prove he was continuing his education!

After divulging his life story, Ben began to talk about the struggles of gaining media attention and the internet trolls that come with it. However, this challenge has led him to become an ambassador of the organisation ‘bullies out’ – which we think is a true testament of his character.

The whole room was enthralled by Ben’s speech and we would like to say thank you to Ben for sharing his story and wish him the very best of luck in all his future endeavours.

Sussex Chamber of Commerce, Business Leaders Conference, Ben Towers, Entrepreneur

Professor Chris Roebuck – Delivering Success Through I CARE Leadership

The final speaker of the afternoon was Professor Chris Roebuck, visiting Professor of Transformational Leadership from Cass Business School. Founded on 35 years of experience working for huge Global brands such as UBS and Aston Martin as well as SMEs, Chris developed the innovative ‘I CARE’ Leadership approach.

Chris opened our eyes to how poor leadership, delegation and time management leads to unhappy employees, profit loss and high employee turnover. He explained how his ‘I CARE’ leadership approach could easily rectify this issue without spending a single penny and would in fact bring in more money.

This valuable message resonated with the room full of many SME business leaders and entrepreneurs. They could take it away and start implementing it within their own businesses straight away. It was great to hear from such an experienced leadership expert and gain so much knowledge. We would like to thank Chris for opening our eyes and can’t wait to see how his ‘I CARE’ Leadership continues to transform the business world.

Sussex Chamber of Commerce, Business Leaders Conference, Professor Chris Roebuck, Leadership

Final thoughts

We’d like to thank Ana Christie, David Sheppard and everyone at the Sussex Chamber of Commerce for organising such an empowering event and setting the stage for an inspirational afternoon. We can not thank you enough for the support you give August and we look forward to supporting many more businesses in the Chamber to grow and succeed by raising their profile.

If you want to learn more about the Chamber and how they can help you click here – Do you know about the Chamber’s awards? Find out about their awards here.

If you would like a free awards discovery consultation simply click here to book.

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