Queen's Award for Enterprise

Queen’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 Queen’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 Queen’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


How To Apply

To apply for The Queen’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:

2020 Winners

Her Majesty The Queen has honoured two enterprising Kent businesses in 2020.

Nim’s Fruit Crisps, based at Trinity Trading Estate, Sittingbourne, and Priority Freight Holdings, of Menzies Road, Dover, are among a select group of UK businesses to win The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2020.

Nim’s is one of just 14 businesses in the South East to win The Queen’s Award in the Innovation category. It is the UK’s only manufacturer of air dried fruit crisps. Entrepreneur Nimisha Raja founded the business to create a healthy snack for children by combining fruit and the crunchiness of crisps. They are the only crisps recognised by Public Health England as one of the recommended “five a day.”

The company uses locally grown fruit where possible and buys fruit that is not of a standard to be sold as produce, giving growers an alternative sales outlet. Nim’s employs an 11-strong team.

Priority Freight Holdings is among 21 South East winners of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category.

The freight and logistics business has enjoyed phenomenal overseas sales growth for the past six years, rising from £8 million to £56.6 million, a 601% increase. Founded in 1996, it specialises in the automotive and aerospace industries, operating across the supply chain from the shipping of small components or fragile prototype parts to arranging tailored solutions to support large volume and weight shipments. Overseas sales now account for 70.7% of total sales. The company services businesses across Europe and also operates in China. Its top five markets are Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Poland and Spain.

The Lady Colgrain, who took up the post of Lord-Lieutenant of Kent on the day the winners were announced, met virtually with the winners as her first engagement in office, to congratulate them on their huge achievement. Lady Colgrain was delighted to meet with both businesses as they received their extremely well deserved awards and is looking forward to meeting them in person when she can officially present them with their Award on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.

More details on these exceptional businesses and the work they do can be found on their website:

Nim’s Website

Historical Winners

Winners From 2011 Onwards

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 Queen’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 Queen’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!