|The Queen's Awards for Enterprise|
|Awarded for||Business innovation and performance.|
|Presented by||The Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister.|
The Queen's Awards for Enterprise is an awards programme for British businesses and other organizations who excel at international trade, innovation, sustainable development or promoting opportunity (through social mobility). 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 awards are given for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility.
Each award is valid for 5 years and winners are invited to a Royal reception and are presented with the award at their company premises by one of The Queen's representatives, a Lord-Lieutenant. Winners are also able to fly The Queen's Awards flag at their main office, and use the emblem on marketing materials such as packaging and adverts.
Every April winners of the Queen's Awards for Enterprise are officially announced in a special Gazette supplement. The Queen's Award to Industry, the scheme's original title, was instituted by Royal Warrant in 1965. It became the Queen's Awards for Export and Technology in 1975, with Environmental Achievement added in 1992. In 1999, the scheme became the Queen's Awards for Enterprise with International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development as the categories. In 2017, a fourth category was introduced, Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility). Since 2005, individuals have also been recognised with the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion. As of 2017, this individual award has been rested.
The total numbers of winners in each class each year are shown below.
(Through Social Mobility)
The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion is awarded to individuals. Unlike the Queen's Award for Enterprise, nomination must be by a third party. As of 2017, this individual award has been rested.