Honours & Awards

Honours in the UK honours system.  Click for a link to www.gov.uk/honours

The honours system is apolitical.  The Lord-Lieutenant is particularly keen to encourage leaders from all parts of the community to identify individuals that, based on their knowledge of their communities, can identify individuals worthy of receiving an honour.  The Lieutenancy is particularly keen to encourage nominations from parts of the community where nominations have been few and far between.

People get honours for achievements like:

  • making a difference to their community or field of work
  • enhancing Britain’s reputation
  • long-term voluntary service
  • innovation and entrepreneurship
  • changing things, with an emphasis on achievement
  • improving life for people less able to help themselves
  • displaying moral courage

The Queen’s Awards for EnterpriseClick for a link to www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise

There are four Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.  International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development are applicable for organisations while Enterprise Promotion celebrates the work of individuals.  A business can nominate itself and the closing date for entries is the last working day of September.  An organisation is eligible if it is:

  • based in the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).
  • files its Company Tax Returns with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
  • is a self-contained enterprise that markets its own products or services and is under its own management.
  • has at least 2 full-time UK employees or part-time equivalents.
  • demonstrates strong corporate social responsibility.

The organisation can be business or non-profit.

Each of the award categories has additional entry criteria.

The Queen’s Awards for Voluntary ServiceClick for a link to https://qavs.direct.gov.uk

The Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service are for outstanding achievement by groups which volunteer their own time to enhance and improve the quality of life and opportunity of others in their local communities.  The Lieutenancy looks at evidence regarding the need for the group's activity, the group's impact and reputation and how it may have overcome obstacles. We look for evidence that the volunteer activity is exceptional, along with nominations that bring out the roles of volunteers and whether the activity of the group is volunteer-led. We also take into account how far the group has achieved, or is moving towards achieving, standards of excellence in its organisation and its volunteers.