Q: Can an honours nomination success rate be measured and what is the average success rate across all nominations?

We have been around for over 13 years, which is years longer than any of our competitors, none of whom choose to divulge their success rates or how many nominations they submit a year. Why not? Err…best ask them and then draw your own conclusion!

We are very open and transparent. We currently submit well over 100 nominations a year. Our current success rate is about 2 in 3 (65%). We measure the number of honours nomination submissions we’ve made in the previous 24 months (divided by 2 to get an annual average) and divide that by the number of honours we help our clients receive based over a 12-month period. (The Cabinet Office say that it takes 12-24 months for a nomination to be considered). It’s a relatively simple calculation for anyone who really wants to divulge how good they are at getting honours for their clients.

We estimate that the average success rate across all honours nominations is just 1 in 10 (10%). The government don’t publish an official figure for this for some reason so it’s an educated collective guess by a selection of experts in the honours world including some past judges, people who have worked at the Honours Secretariat, journalists who cover the honours system and our CEO (who is widely considered to be the world’s leading expert on the honours process). So, it’s about as accurate as an educated estimate can be.