Queen's Awards for Enterprise


Instituted by Royal Warrant in 1965, the Queen's Awards for Enterprise have been given annually since 1966 in recognition of commercial success. They are the UK's most prestigious awards for business performance, and now recognise outstanding achievement in four categories. These are International Trade, Innovation, Sustainable Development and the new Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility).

The awards are open to UK based organisations with at least 2 full-time UK employees (or part-time equivalents). The awards are valid for five years and winners may use the Queen’s Award for Enterprise logo over this period.

The Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility) category was added this year (2017). To be eligible for this new award, applicants must have had a social mobility programme running for more than 2 years and prove that the programme benefits the applicant's organisation financially or otherwise. Improvements to the applicant's organisation should be in one of three areas: (1) work experience, careers advice or mentoring for young people; (2) offering non-graduate routes such as traineeships or changing recruitment practices; or (3) giving equal support and progression opportunities to all employees.

A complete list of the eligibility criteria required to apply for each of the categories can be viewed at the Gov.UK website.

Several companies in the Lancashire-14 area have won Queen's Awards in recent years and in 2017, the year of the Queen's 91st birthday, three local companies were successful. All of the awards fell within the International Trade category.

The Queen's Award to Chelsom Limited., located at Heritage House, Clifton Road, Blackpool, was won for outstanding achievement in International Trade over the last three years. The company has demonstrated outstanding results, achieving 131% growth in export sales over that period. Chelsom Limited is a third generation family business in its 70th anniversary year. The company designs and manufactures decorative lighting for the global hotel market and has diversified into the marine industries. Innovative in-house designs, high quality manufacturing and excellent service levels have contributed towards winning prestigious projects in 70 countries. Exports now account for around 40% of all sales. Export growth has been particularly strong in North America, the Middle East and Europe. Major investments in the international sales team, branding and overseas exhibitions have raised Chelsom's international profile and have all been critical to the company's success. Sales within the UK market have also grown by almost 45% over the same period.

Greenbank Technology Ltd., originally established in 1954 as Greenbank Engineering Ltd., is located at Unit 3, Greenbank Business Park, Dyneley Road, Blackburn, and is the second company in the Lancashire-14 area to receive a Queen's Award for outstanding achievement in International Trade. The company specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of Thermal Process equipment to many diverse industries worldwide. Greenbank Technology manufactures a comprehensive range of industrial ovens, dryers and washing systems as well as offering an array of bespoke specialised services to customers. 

The TastyBone Company Ltd., also based in Blackburn at Brentwood House, Lower Philips Road on Whitebirk Industrial Estate, is part of the pet food manufacturer group, Pet's Choice. TastyBone is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of nylon, edible, rubber chew and play toys for dogs. It exports to 18 countries worldwide and tailors its marketing to specific demands and requirements in each country.  

The full list of winners of the Queen's Awards for Enterprise in 2017 is available via the London Gazette web page.

Since the award scheme was inaugurated, companies within the Lancashire-14 area have won or shared in 145 of these prestigious awards, 116 being given for international trade, 26 for innovation and three for sustainable development. A complete list of the winners located within the Lancashire-14 area since 1966, including a break down by category, is available in the full report.

Further analysis

Queen's Awards for Enterprise, 2017 (PDF 1,128 KB)

Page updated 24 April 2017