The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise will soon open for 2022 entries, and the Sandwell Business Ambassadors urge West Midlands businesses to get themselves in the running, pointing out that even very small businesses are eligible to apply.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are given for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility. They are free to enter.
The awards take place annually and are presented at the premises of each winning company by a Lord Lieutenant, one of the Queen’s representatives. In normal times, winners also get invited to a royal reception. They are allowed to fly the Queen’s Awards flag at their main offices, and use the official emblem on their marketing materials.
If you win an award you will also receive a Grant of Appointment (an official certificate) and a commemorative crystal trophy, as well as benefiting from press coverage and a boost in credibility with customers and suppliers, often leading to an increase in business. The awards are judged to a demanding level and are valid for five years.
Go for it
International freight forwarder KMB Shipping Group, based in Tipton, has just been announced as a winner in the 2021 awards. The Sandwell business achieved excellence in the international trade category, having shown a 708 per cent increase in international sales over the six-year qualifying period.
Now KMB director Paul Hull – a Sandwell Business Ambassador – is urging other local businesses to put themselves forward for this prestigious prize.
“We are absolutely delighted to be recognised with such a prestigious award. It’s a huge honour, and testament to all the hard work our team puts in on a daily basis.
“It’s been an exceptionally tough year for us all, but this achievement makes it all the more rewarding, it’s just the motivation we need to go even further to help our customers trade internationally.
“We encourage other West Midlands businesses to put themselves in the running for the 2022 awards. Sometimes we don’t shout loud enough about the talent and innovation present in our region – it’s time to put modesty aside and go for it.”
Sandwell Business Ambassador John Wood is group director for Liberty Engineering and Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands. This means he has been appointed as a deputy by the Lord Lieutenant who is the Queen’s personal representative in the West Midlands.
John urged smaller businesses not to overlook the Queen’s Awards. “The eligibility criteria says you need only two full-time members of staff, or the part-time equivalent, so you don’t need to run a big company to achieve success. If you win an award of this calibre, the benefits could be limitless – garnering excellent publicity and showing recognition of the talent, dedication and innovation of your work.”
Sandwell Business Ambassadors have compiled a page of resources for businesses interested in applying for a Queen’s Award in 2022. You can find it at www.sandwellbusinessambassadors.co.uk/our_work/qa/.