Apply for the Queen’s Award for Enterprise

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses recognising and rewarding their outstanding achievements in the fields of: Innovation, Sustainable Development, International Trade and Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility. 90% of the 2020 winners were SMEs

The Awards can bring sustainable benefits to winners, including:

increased staff morale, boosts to turnover and international trade, greater recognition and excellent marketing opportunities. Winners are also invited to a reception in Buckingham Palace.

Almost all UK businesses can apply, applications are open until 9 September. Find out more here.

2020 winners for outstanding achievements in international trade International Trade Award went to local business Chelsom Ltd

Chelsom Ltd. was founded in 1947 by the current Chairman’s parents as a retail lighting shop in Blackpool. It is still based in the town and now employs 72 people (1 June 2020). The company design and manufacture lighting products for the global hospitality and marine market. It sells to leading hotel chains and the cruise liner industry. All product is designed in house and the company have an industry-leading website and online catalogue. Over 3 years to December 2018, its overseas sales have grown from £5 million in 2016 to £7.9 million in 2018 an overall increase of 59%. Exports now make up 58.36% of all sales. Its top five markets are the USA, Saudi Arabia, France, Germany and Ireland. However, the business has completed projects in over 70 countries. The company previously won the Queen’s Award for International Trade in 2017 and won the Queen’s Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years.