Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility





The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is the most prestigious business awards programme in the world, and as you would expect, securing a coveted Queen’s Award title is not easy. Read on to find out more about what the judges are looking for in each category and see if you’ve got what it takes to become a winner…

You could be among the first winners in this inaugural category, ‘Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility’

What does ‘Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility’ mean for the Queen’s Awards? 

On Promoting Opportunity, the Queen’s awards are interested in social mobility programmes that help people from disadvantaged backgrounds into successful working lives.

Who can enter the Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility category?

As with all Queen’s Award entries you must be a self-contained enterprise with a minimum of 2 full-time (or part-time equivalent) employees and be based in the UK to enter and file tax returns with HMRC. You’ll also need to demonstrate strong corporate social responsibility.

What us the criteria for this new category?

You could be among the first winners in this brand new category, but you must be able to prove that your social mobility programme has had a positive impact on commercial success over 2 years or over 5 years. For example, you should be able to substantiate that the programme has improved your reputation or led to savings in the business.

What makes a Queen’s Awards ‘Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility’ winner?

Winners are able to demonstrate that they have had a social mobility programme running for at least 2 years. 

Winners must be able to show improvements in one of the following areas:

• work experience, careers advice or mentoring for young people

• offering non-graduate routes such as traineeships or changing recruitment practice

• giving equal support and progression opportunities to all employees

When is the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise deadline?

The closing date is noon on 12 September 2018, but it can take many weeks to pull the information you need together for such a rigorous award, so don’t leave it too late to give yourself a fighting chance, get started today!

Can you enter more than one category?

Yes, there were 8 double winners in 2018, so as long as you meet all the criteria, take a look at the details here: 


International Trade

Sustainable Development

If you think you could be eligible for a Queen’s Award entry in the Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility category and you would like professional assistance we will undertake a free and confidential eligibility check for you based upon your organisation’s social mobility programmes over the past 2–5 years. We will also discuss what your organisation does and how you might meet the criteria.

Call us today on +44 (0)1444 230130 for more information or email enquiries@awardsintelligence.co.uk to book your free consultation. We had an incredible 82% success rate for our clients in the last round and we want to build on it – so do be prepared for an honest assessment of your chances of success!