Q: Who can get an MBE?

Anyone can be nominated to receive an MBE so long as they meet the necessary King’s honour criteria.

An MBE award can be given for all types of different achievement, but it is often given in recognition of community achievements or for a local “hands-on” service that has set an example to others.

A BEM (British Empire Medal) can also be awarded for sustained local achievements and high-impact work of a shorter duration.

When you recommend someone for an award it is not necessary to specify the name of the honour in your nomination as this will be decided by the committee judging the nomination.