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Applications for the King’s Awards for Enterprise now open

The King’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for businesses, recognising and celebrating business excellence across the UK.

The recipients of the awards demonstrate outstanding success in their respective fields of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity (through social mobility).

From 2024, recipients will be announced on 6th May, to mark His Majesty The King’s Coronation. Award recipients often state that their achievement has opened new doors for them in terms of securing new contracts, venturing into new markets, and further developing their business. If successful in receiving a King’s Award for Enterprise, the organisation receives a Grant of Appointment, and is able to display the award emblem for up to 5 years, and access to a thriving alumni network of previous award recipients!

The King’s Awards for Enterprise was previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, and the new name reflects His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II by recognising outstanding UK businesses.

The Award programme, now in its 57th year, has awarded over 7,000 companies since its inception in 1965. The first ever recipients of The King’s Awards for Enterprise have been announced today (21 April), celebrating the achievements of UK businesses. This year, 148 businesses representing every part of the United Kingdom and a diverse range of sectors have been recognised by His Majesty The King as among the best in the country, with one company receiving two awards.

This year’s King’s Awards for Enterprise are given for outstanding achievement in:

  1. Innovation (47)

  2. International trade (78)

  3. Sustainable development (15)

  4. Promoting opportunity (through social mobility) (9)

His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenants will be presenting the Awards to businesses locally throughout the year. Applications for the 2024 round open on 6th May 2023 and close midday 12th September 2023. Eligible businesses are free to apply for one or more categories. Recipients pass a robust assessment process, judged by experts from industry, academia, the voluntary sector and senior officials in Whitehall.

This year’s recipients include SureScreen Diagnostics a Derby based manufacturer of Covid-19 tests – who receive two awards, large construction company Willmott Dixon, the 100-year-old family run business Bettys and Taylors and Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, which provides opportunities for military veterans. The Awards are open to all UK based organisations with two or more employees. 90% of the recipients are SMEs but big businesses like KPMG, The Co-op, Holland and Barrett and JCB also recognise the importance and the benefits of these Awards.

Now, more than ever, is a vital time for great UK businesses to be celebrated and recognised.

Read about eligibility and how to apply at www.gov.uk/kings-awards-for-enterprise

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