King's Award for Enterprise

King’s Award for Enterprise

For Outstanding Achievements By UK Businesses

Kent has many thriving businesses and The Lord-Lieutenant encourages them to apply for The King’s Award for Enterprise.

This highly prestigious award has four categories:

  • Innovation
  • International Trade
  • Sustainable Development
  • Promoting opportunity through social mobility
The benefits of winning the Award

The Awards are valid for 5 years

Winners have reported benefiting from worldwide recognition, increased commercial value, greater press coverage, and a boost to staff morale

Winners are able to fly The King’s Award flag at their main office, and use the emblem on marketing materials

They are given a Grant of Appointment (an official certificate) and a commemorative crystal trophy

Winners are invited to a Royal reception

They will be presented with the award at their company by The Lord-Lieutenant

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How To Apply

To apply for The King’s Award for Enterprise, your organisation must:

  • 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 and services and is under its own management
  • Have at least 2 full-time UK employees or part-time equivalents
  • Demonstrate strong corporate social responsibility

Your organisation can be a business or non-profit.

Each of the award categories has additional entry criteria which can be found at the following link:

Current Award Holders

2023 Winners

We are delighted that two businesses in Kent received The King’s Award for Enterprise in 2023. The 2023 winners are:


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eXroidTechnologyLtd win The King’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. They provide an electrotherapy technology and service treating all 4 grades of internal haemorrhoids without surgery.

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TPS Global Logistics

TPS Global Logistics win The King’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category. They provide multimodal worldwide freight forwarding services, distribution and fulfilment, ecommerce, IT, Broadcast and Event Logistics.

Historical Winners

Previous Award Winners

2022 Winners
2021 Winners
2020 Winners
2019 Winners
2018 Winners
2017 Winners
2016 Winners
2015 Winners
2014 Winners
  • Jon Tibbs Associates Ltd- Speldhurst
  • Marco Ltd – Edenbridge
  • Maviga International (Holdings) Ltd – Yalding
2012 Winners
  • P & B Metal Components Ltd – Whitstable
2011 Winners
  • AXA PPP International – Tunbridge Wells.
  • Checkmate – Sheerness
  • Lycored – Maidstone
  • Sleeve-it – Rainham
Previous Winners

What They Said


Michele Harriman-Smith, CEO of Childrensalon says, “We were delighted to have a visit from The Lord-Lieutenant of Kent who presented myself and our CCO George Harriman-Smith with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. We are very proud to be recognised with the International Trade Award and look forward to continuing to operate internationally and growing our amazing team here in Tunbridge Wells”.


Ben Ellefsen, Chairman of Maverick Drinks says, “Our vision is a world in which every single drink is as close to perfect as possible, and our exponential export sales growth over the past year is testament to one of our core values – zero compromise on liquid quality. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is the highest award that can be bestowed on a UK company, and product quality alone doesn’t explain this monumental win. This achievement is down to our supremely talented, dedicated and hard working teams, our global network of incredible and highly committed distributors and above all the discerning consumers who enjoy our brands the world over”.

Contact Details

Get in Touch

In Kent, The King’s Awards are led by Mr Paul Auston DL and he is assisted by Jenny Ongley in the Kent Lieutenancy Office at County Hall in Maidstone.

If you would like to speak to us about your potential nomination then please do contact us at:

03000 416 531

Alternatively, you can contact The King’s Award’s Office direct on the following:

020 7215 6880

If you feel ready to make an application then you can apply here:

Government Website

Good luck!