The Queen’s Award for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses and are designed to recognise outstanding achievements in the fields of Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility).
This year marks the 54th Anniversary of the awards and to celebrate, 220 UK businesses have been recognised for their contribution to their particular industry. HiB has been named among 66 other companies that have been identified for successes in innovation, which is assessed using specific criteria such as: invention, design, production of goods; performance of services; marketing and distribution.
Due to the significance of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, many winning companies benefit from international respect and greater opportunities for global trade. The accolade offers a unique platform to showcase a company’s capabilities, contribution to wider society and strategy for future growth.
Businesses included in the list of winners are bestowed the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for five years and can display the esteemed Queen’s emblem across their branding to demonstrate their success. In addition, The Queens Awards flag can be flown at their main office and the emblem can be used on all marketing materials including packaging, advertisements, stationery and websites.
The Queen’s Awards scheme was instituted by Royal Warrant in 1965 and the first awards were made in 1966. Winners are selected by Her Majesty The Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is assisted by an advisory committee, including representatives of the government, industry and commerce. The successful companies are then notified and invited to a formal ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The award is officially given to HiB by one of The Queen’s representatives, a Lord-Lieutenant, who will present a Grant of Appointment (an official certificate) and a commemorative crystal trophy at the company offices.
With competition fierce amongst businesses applying for the award, being acknowledged as a winner is a significant achievement that emphasises a company’s expertise and accomplishments in their industry on the UK stage.