Queen's Awards

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is awarded for outstanding achievement by groups who regularly volunteer their own time to enhance and improve the lives of others. Groups can be nominated by people who have benefited from their work, members of the public, representatives of public bodies, or other voluntary groups. The nominations must be endorsed by two supporters. You cannot nominate a group if you, a relative, or your partner is involved in running or working for the group.

Nominations for the Queens Award for Voluntary Service must be made online on the Government website. The online form has to be completed in one single session, and cannot be saved during this process for later editing and finalisation. Applications are now closed and will re-open in April 2020.

To nominate a group or find out more, please visit the www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service.

The Queen's Award for Enterprise are the UK's top award for business performance. They are presented in 4 categories:

  • Innovation which recognises businesses who demonstrate strong commercially successful innovative products or services.
  • Sustainable Development, whose winners demonstrate sustainable products, services or interventions for more than two years and can provide evidence of the benefits or positive outcomes of their actions and practices.
  • International Trade which recognises businesses who have demonstrated substantial growth in overseas earnings and commercial success within their sector;
  • Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility) – which recognises and rewards employers for their work in providing high quality social mobility initiatives and programmes that specifically reach out to and support people from disadvantaged backgrounds, in order to inspire and guide the best talent into their organisation and beyond.

Winners receive a range of benefits, including worldwide recognition and extensive press coverage.

For an application form and to find out more, including whether your business meets the criteria necessary to apply, visit the Queen's Award for Enterprise.

Applications are now closed and will re-open in May 2020. Applications can be made at the www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise/how-to-apply

The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion - this award is given to individuals who have played a major role in promoting the spirit of enterprise in the UK. There is a maximum of 10 awards each year. If there is an appropriate candidate, a single lifetime achievement award may also be presented.

Further information can be found in the Queen's Awards magazine