The Queen’s Awards

The Queen’s Awards

The Queen has instigated two categories of Awards to honour and promote organisations in Industry and Voluntary Service.  These prestigious annual awards are competitive. The winners receive a trophy and certificate presented by The Lord-Lieutenant.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the UK. The awards were first established in 1965 and since then over 7000 companies have achieved a Queen’s Award.

The awards celebrate the success of exciting and innovative businesses which are leading the way with pioneering products or services, delivering impressive social mobility programmes or showing their commitment to excellent sustainable development practices.

Almost all UK businesses (including non profit) can apply, and the application process is free. All applications must be made online, and you may apply for more than one category.

The Deputy Lieutenant co-ordinating  focus on QAE Awards in East Sussex is Jim May DL, who will readily offer guidance. His email is 

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The Lord-Lieutenant presenting the Queen's Award for Enterprise to Cheeky Baby Products in September 2021

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community. Take a look at the guidance notes for further conditions and information.

Nominations are accepted from 1st April until mid September (this changes annually and dates can be found on the QAVS website). The Awards are published on 2nd June, the anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation. The Award recipients are notified in confidence beforehand.

Nominations can only be made on the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Website

The Deputy Lieutenant co-ordinating QAVS applications for East Sussex in the first instance is Juliet Smith JP DL, who will readily offer guidance: her email is


The Lord-Lieutenant presenting the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to WayfinderWoman Trust in November 2021