Queen's Awards for Enterprise

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The Queen's Awards for Enterprise
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Awarded for Business innovation and performance.
Country United Kingdom
Presented by The Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister.
First awarded 1966
Official website http://www.queensawards.org.uk/business/business.html

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise is an awards programme for British businesses and other organizations who excel at international trade, innovation or sustainable development. They are the highest official UK awards for British businesses. The scheme was established as The Queen's Award to Industry by a royal warrant of 30 November 1965, and individual categories have been known in the past as The Queen's Awards for Export, Export Achievement, Technology, Technological Achievement and Environmental Achievement. The scheme also includes an award for individuals, The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion.

To be awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade, a company must show a substantial and sustained increase in export earnings over three consecutive 12-month periods, to a level which is outstanding for the products and services concerned, and for the size of the organisation. Different requirements are set for the award in the categories of Innovation and Sustainable Development. Awards are made on the advice of the Prime Minister after examination of applications by an Advisory Committee composed of leading individuals from industry, commerce, trade unions and government. The awards are conferred by the reigning British monarch on his or her birthday every year. For Her Majesty Elizabeth II this is 21 April.

History[edit]

The Queen's Award to Industry, the scheme's original title, was instituted by Royal Warrant in 1965, and first awarded in 1966, and it was only offered to organizations. The recommendations of a review in 1975 led to the scheme becoming The Queen's Awards for Export and Technology, with separate awards for outstanding achievement in each of the two fields. The Queen's Award for Environmental Achievement was added in 1992.[1] Following a review in 1999, chaired by Charles, Prince of Wales, the three separate Awards were replaced and are now known generically as The Queen's Awards for Enterprise with three broad-based categories for organizations: International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development. In 2005, the individual award, The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion (QAEP) was added to the programme.[2]

In 1990 a set of commemorative stamps featuring the Queens Awards for Enterprise was issued by the Post Office.

Benefits[edit]

Winners are allowed to use the Queen's Award emblem in advertising, marketing and on packaging for a period of five years. Winners also attend a garden party in July at Buckingham Palace, and are visited during the year by a royal representative to present the physical award: a crystal chalice and scroll.

Recipients[edit]

List of winners of last five years are available at Queen's Awards for Enterprise Magazine

Organisations - totals[edit]

The total number of winners in each class each year are shown below.[3]

Year International Trade
(Export)
Innovation
(Technology)
Export and
Technology
(Combined)
Sustainable
Development
(Environmental
Achievement)
Total
awards
2013 116 27 9 152
2012 151 50 8 209
2011 103 44 10 157
2010 95 38 10 143
2009 135 49 10 194
2008 85 42 12 139
2007 71 40 8 119
2006 90 48 7 145
2005 88 41 8 137
2004 66 39 7 112
2003 62 51 10 123
2002 85 37 9 131
2001 76 42 15 133
2000 77 32 7 116
1999 82 14 5 101
1998 115 14 4 133
1997 110 16 8 134
1996 107 16 6 129
1995 140 17 6 163
1994 139 18 8 165
1993 118 25 12 155
1992 127 38 165
1991 118 40 158
1990 126 49 175
1989 116 40 156
1988 102 43 145
1987 120 34 154
1986 114 27 141
1985 90 29 119
1984 88 23 111
1983 90 20 110
1982 91 19 110
1981 92 17 109
1980 87 17 104
1979 102 19 121
1978 107 17 124
1977 106 19 125
1976 95 20 115
1975 76 17 2 95
1974 59 19 - 78
1973 66 15 2 83
1972 72 17 1 90
1971 93 13 4 110
1970 74 25 5 104
1969 69 24 6 99
1968 60 17 8 85
1967 48 28 9 85
1966 86 11 18 115
TOTAL 4,585 1,357 55 179 6,176

Recipients - individuals[edit]

The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion is awarded to individuals.

Selected pre-2001 recipients[edit]

Past recipients: Queen's Award for Enterprise
Company Industry Queen's Award for Enterprise Year(s)
BBC[4] Technological Achievement 1969,[5] 1974,[6] 1983,[7] 1987,[8] 1992,[9] 1998,[10] 2001[11]
Boots UK Technical Achievement 1987
British Cellophane Queen's Award to Industry 1974
Brompton Bicycle Export Achievement 1995 [12]
Central Independent Television Queen's Award to Export 1987 and 1989[13]
Dando Drilling International International Trade (twice) 2000, 2003
Dr. Solomon's Antivirus Toolkit Computer software Technological Achievement 1993
GEC Computers[14] Computer manufacturer Innovation 1979
ICL[15] Computers Technology / Export 1985, 1988, 1990, 1993 / 1991, 1993
Kinloch Anderson Kilt maker Queen's Award to Industry 1979
Spectrum Technologies Plc[16] Laser wire marking systems International Trade (thrice) 1995, 2000, 2006
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd Innovation (Technology) 1998,[17] 2005[18]
Synon Software Export & Technology 1991
The University of Hull Liquid Crystals Innovation (Technological Achievement)
T. P. O'Sullivan and Partners Civil engineers Export Achievement 1981
Wafer Technology Semiconductor wafers [clarification needed] 1997
Watkiss Automation Collating and print finishing equipment International Trade (Export) twice 1994 / 2010
White and Company Tredair Footwear International Trade (Export) 1990
William Grant & Sons Queen's Award to Industry 1974
Zed Instruments[19] Tunnelling and Laser engraving Technological Achievement
Export Achievement
Export Achievement
1986
1987
1991

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 52936. p. 9285. 1 June 1992. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  2. ^ http://www.queensawards.org.uk/individual/Home.html retrieved on 30 October 2007.
  3. ^ Business Link - Queen's Awards for Enterprise: Background_Note Annex B
  4. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/awards/awards-queens.shtml retrieved 2010-01-20.
  5. ^ For Field Store Standards Converter - 1969
  6. ^ For Sound-in-Syncs - 1974
  7. ^ For Teletext - 1983
  8. ^ For LF Radio Teleswitching - 1987
  9. ^ For NICAM 728 - 1992
  10. ^ For Motion Compensated TV Standards Converter - 1998
  11. ^ For DVB-T demodulator - 2001
  12. ^ "Brompton Bicycle " History". Retrieved 2008-05-27. 
  13. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/philip-jones-television-executive-who-sold-inspector-morse-to-the-world-1739868.html
  14. ^ For GEC 4000 series Nucleus "GEC Computers wins Queens Award". 21 April 1979. Retrieved 2011-01-15. 
  15. ^ For Technology - Mainframes 1985, 1988, 1993; Retail 1990. For Export - PCs 1991; Mid-Range Systems 1993
  16. ^ Spectrum Technologies Homepage
  17. ^ SSTL press release 1998
  18. ^ SSTL press release 2005
  19. ^ Zed Instruments

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