The Queens Award For Enterprise
Instituted by Royal Warrant in 1965, the Queen’s Awards to Industry scheme was recommended by a committee chaired by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, and the first Awards were made in 1966. Following a review in 1999, led by HRH The Prince of Wales, the scheme became the Queen's Awards for Enterprise, creating three of the four categories that still exist today: Innovation, International Trade, and Sustainable Development. A new category, Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility) was introduced in 2016 and the first winners were announced in 2017. A Royal Reception at Buckingham Palace is hosted by HRH the Prince of Wales.
The aim of the awards is to promote business excellence and drive growth. Nearly 7000 companies have won a Queen’s Award so far. JCB, a construction equipment manufacturer, has won 30 Queen’s Awards between 1966 and 2016, making it the company who has won the most Queen’s Awards.
There were 665 applications in 2020, with 220 awards granted to 216 winners. The winners of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise were announced on 21 April. Warwickshire has 9 winners this year.