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The Shropshire Lieutenancy, together with the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, and the Shropshire Federation of Small Businesses, is promoting the opportunity to businesses of all sizes across our wonderful County to enter the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2021.

We all want to see national, indeed global, recognition for the absolute best organisations in Shropshire and therefore the Lord-Lieutenant has asked us to work together to promote the benefits of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and to encourage more entries that reflect the breadth and depth of our business community.

Applications for a Queen’s Award for Enterprise are welcomed from any size of business, if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Previous Shropshire-based businesses that have been successful include Cooking Marvellous, a small and innovative family operated Shrewsbury-based company and companies such as three-time winners Grainger and Worrall from Bridgnorth and Protolabs in Telford.

Queen Elizabeth II

Why Should I Enter?

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is a globally recognised badge of excellence awarded to UK-based enterprises annually who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in four distinct categories:


International Trade

Sustainable Development

Promoting Opportunity
Through Social Mobility

The benefits to winning a QAE are immense; our previous Shropshire winners have seen incredible benefits for their business – not only the prestige and recognition but the positive impact on sales and staff morale of being recognised by the QAE team as a winner.


Award Eligibility

Your organisation which can be a business or a non-profit needs to: 

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

How to Enter?

To obtain more information on how to enter, visit the Queen’s Award for Enterprise website as the criteria for the Awards can be amended slightly each year.
  • Fully read the entry requirements for each category and provide as much information as possible as to why your organisation should be considered for this most prestigious award.
  • You can enter your organisation into more than one category, but each entry will have to be submitted through each relevant category application form.
  • As you would expect, this entry process does take time and will require you to upload considerable amounts of information about your organisation. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise team want to read about your organisation and feel the passion you have for the achievements of your staff, products and services.
  • We are aware of organisations that will, for a fee, write applications for a Queen’s Award for Enterprise (QAE). The advice from the QAE team in London is that it’s not necessary to outsource the submission of an award application; the team want to hear personally from the business about what it has achieved and why they are so special.
  • On Wednesday June 2nd the Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, Mrs Anna Turner JP and Mandy Thorn MBE DL, Chair of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and also President of Shropshire Chamber will launch the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise virtually. 
Watch the live stream here

What if you win?

The awards are valid for 5 years and winners can benefit from:
If a business wins, they will be:
  • Invited to a Royal reception
  • Presented the award by Lord-Lieutenant at their premises
  • Allowed to fly the Queen’s Awards flag at their main office and use the emblem on marketing materials (packaging, ads, stationery and website)
  • Given a Grant of Appointment (an official certificate) and a commemorative crystal trophy


Improved opportunities

to break into new markets



Raise awareness

of their brand and increased demand for products



Raised morale

amongst employees and increased productivity



Attract investment

offers and development interests



Enhanced ability

to attract the best talent to their team and board


Whilst locally we are not able to provide advice and guidance on how to complete your entry, we are happy to be contacted for generic questions.

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