The Queen's Awards for Enterprise

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are the highest accolade for outstanding achievement by UK businesses. Honouring outstanding UK companies, they encourage the development of British business and recognise companies in four categories:

International trade
Demonstrating growth in overseas earnings.

Proven commercial success through innovative products or services.

Sustainable development
Integrating environmental, social, economic and management aspects of sustainable development into their business.

Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility)  


The awards are made each year by The Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister assisted by an Advisory Committee that includes representatives of Government, industry and commerce, and the trade unions. Winners enjoy a range of benefits, including worldwide recognition and extensive press coverage.


Winners are announced on The Queen's personal birthday, 21st April. Successful winners and their nominees are informed shortly before the announcement and invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace, which takes place in July. Buckinghamshire businesses normally receive the Award and their Grant of Appointment from the Lord-Lieutenant at a special ceremony normally arranged at the winner’s headquarters.


To find out more about how to nominate for the next round of awards and to make an online application, please visit the QAE page

2020 Winners

The 2020 recipients of the Queen's Award for Enterprise were announced in April. Winners from Buckinghamshire are:

For International Trade

Dage Precision Industries, Aylesbury
International Dance Shoes Limited, Milton Keynes
Origin Frames Limited, High Wycombe

For Sustainable Development

Hypnos Beds – Princes Risborough

Read the full Press Release

Previous Winners

Below, Holophane Ltd, winner of the QAE in Innovation in 2017 and Focusrite Audio Engineering Limited, winner of the QAE in International Trade 2016 share their thoughts about the Queens Award for Enterprise. 

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