The Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Mr Tim Cox, along with Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Mrs Louise Bennett OBE, today announced the launch of a campaign to encourage more Warwickshire-based companies to apply for a Queen’s Award for Enterprise (QAE). The QAE is the highest accolade available to UK businesses, and brings unparalleled prestige, exposure, and credibility to a company, as well as pride and inspiration to employees.
Successful companies are able to fly the Queen’s Award flag at their main office and use the emblem on marketing materials for up to 5 years, and are invited to a Royal reception, as well as being presented with their award by the Lord-Lieutenant, The Queen’s representative in the county.
The Queen’s Awards are awarded to businesses for outstanding achievement in four categories: Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility). Key benefits include improving opportunities to break into new markets, attracting new investment, raising awareness of brand and products, attracting new talent and raising employee morale.
Working in collaboration with The Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, The Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Warwickshire County Council and the University of Warwick, the Warwickshire Lieutenancy has organised a Queen’s Award Masterclass which will take place at Woodland Grange Conference Centre & Hotel, Leamington Spa on the afternoon of 12 May 2022.
The Warwickshire team have prepared a locally focused brochure on the benefits of the QAE and the appropriate steps that can be followed to apply for a QAE, which is available from the organisations mentioned above.
The Lord-Lieutenant, Tim Cox said “I am keen to see more Warwickshire companies applying for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. It is the highest accolade available to UK businesses and offers unparalleled prestige, exposure and credibility to your company”
Louise Bennett OBE, Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands and Chief Executive of the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce says: “There is not a stronger accolade for a business, voluntary organisation, or charity than to achieve a Queens Award. The enrichment to a company’s brand and how it can open doors to new markets and new customers is unrivalled. It also enhances your reputation and can be a real positive for staff. It’s a no brainier, more companies should learn about the Queen’s Awards which is why our Chamber of Commerce leads the way in communicating the benefit of these awards”.