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2022 Queen’s Award for Enterprise awards are open for applications

04/08/2021 News

The 2022 Queen’s Award for Enterprise awards are open for applications – we are encouraging businesses in our region to apply before the September deadline.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise (QAE) are the most prestigious awards for UK business, designed to recognise and encourage outstanding achievements in the fields of Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility). The Queen’s Awards scheme was instituted by Royal Warrant in 1965 and the first Awards were made in 1966. In 2021, there were 16 winners from the Yorkshire and Humber region, including a second win by technology company C-Kore, based in Escrick, York. C-Kore won for innovation in 2019 and then in 2021 they were awarded again, for International Trade. Harrogate Business, Techbuyer, were also awarded a Queen’s Award for International Trade in 2020. 14 months after the original award in April 2020, the company were finally able to accept the award in person last week. The award was presented on behalf of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth from the Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Jo Ropner and David Kerfoot MBE, Deputy Lieutenant. Sue Jefferson, our Business Board Chair said, “We’re always excited when businesses in our region win the Queens Award for Enterprise in recognition of their ambition and excellence. It is particularly exciting to see them win for Innovation and International Trade. Both of these are vital elements of a stronger economy. Whilst more businesses are seeing the benefit of introducing new processes, products and services, we are also seeing a number of programmes come through to support businesses who may never have previously looked to export, particularly beyond Europe. Having businesses on our patch that can inspire others is great to see. Congratulations to both Techbuyer and C-Korp for their wins. “The 2022 QAE awards are open for applications and we heartily encourage businesses to look across the categories, identify their own areas of excellence, and apply. “For businesses that are seeking to find out more about innovation, export and internationalisation, I encourage them to contact our Growth Hub team for free advice and support.” You can contact the York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub on their free-phone number 0800 2465045 or visit the website You can find out more about how to apply for the QAE by visiting: More about the QAE categories Innovation Innovation achievements are assessed for: invention, design or production of goods; performance of services; marketing and distribution; or, after-sale support of goods or services, that have realised outstanding commercial success over 2 years or continuous commercial success over 5 years. International Trade Winners have demonstrated that their business has achieved substantial growth in overseas earning and in commercial success (for their business size and sector) through either outstanding achievement over 3 years or continuous achievement over 6 years. Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility) This category recognises businesses and organisations that are providing high quality social mobility initiatives and programmes that specifically reach out and support people from disadvantaged backgrounds, in order to inspire and guide the best talent into their organisation and beyond. The programmes include work experience, careers advice or mentoring for young people; offering non-graduate routes such as traineeships or changing recruitment practices; and, giving equal support and progression opportunities to all employees. Sustainable Development Winners in this category demonstrate commercially successful sustainable development practices. Sustainable development achievements are assessed for: invention, design or production of goods; performance of services; marketing and distribution; after-sale support of goods or services; or, management of resources or relationships with people and other organisations.
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