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Queen's Awards launched


The Queen’s Awards 2020 have been launched, with UK businesses being urged to join more than 7,000 winners of the prestigious Queen’s Award and apply for the Sustainable Development category.


In a video message, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has encouraged more businesses to be sustainable and showcase their green credentials.


In the video, The Prince of Wales said: "More than ever before, a good business is a genuinely sustainable business, and this has nothing to do with size or sector.


"Each and every business can make a real contribution to the durability and biological integrity of our planet and those that do should be recognised for their achievements with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise."


You can view the video through this link to the Gov.UK website.


Business Secretary Greg Clark said: The UK has led the world in tackling climate change, becoming one of the first major economies to legislate for a net zero target last month.


"We have cut emissions by more than 40% since 1990 while growing the economy by more than two-thirds – proving that sustainability and clean growth make financial sense. UK companies have the opportunity to build on our strengths and take advantage of the UK’s and world’s transition to a cleaner economy.


"This is why I encourage UK businesses to enter the prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, helping showcase their green credentials and help elevate their products and services onto the world stage – a key part of our modern Industrial Strategy."

There are four categories for the awards, the most prestigious awards for UK businesses, which celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday:
  • Sustainable Development
  • Promoting Opportunity
  • International Trade
  • Innovation


The updated Sustainable Development category makes it easier for businesses to demonstrate commercially successful, sustainable development practices that put them at the forefront of industry.


Winners are presented the award by one of The Queen’s representatives, a Lord-Lieutenant, are able to fly The Queen’s Award flag at the main office and use the emblem on marketing materials for five years and are given a Grant of Appointment and a commemorative crystal trophy.


Apply for a Queen’s Award in Sustainable Development.