The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for UK business, designed to recognise and encourage outstanding achievements in the fields of Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility). The Queen’s Awards scheme was instituted by Royal Warrant in 1965 and the first Awards were made in 1966. Each year some 200 or so companies across the UK are successful, and Cambridgeshire typically produces a good crop of outstanding winners, with some receiving awards in two categories. Further information, including how to apply can be found here.
Winners are entitled to use the Queen’s Award for Enterprise logo for a period of five years and are presented with a Grant of Appointment signed by Her Majesty The Queen and an engraved glass bowl by the Lord-Lieutenant. Winners also send two representatives to a reception at Buckingham Palace in the presence of senior members of The Royal Family.
Here is a list of Queen’s Award for Enterprise Winners in Cambridgeshire since 2010. Full lists of awards since 1966 are available in special supplements of the London Gazette.
More about these awards presentations in words and pictures.