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QUEEN'S AWARDS FOR ENTERPRISE: INNOVATION CATEGORY

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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...

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WHAT DOES ‘INNOVATION’ MEAN FOR THE QUEEN’S AWARDS?

The Innovation category is aimed at organisations who are either innovative in their methods and practices as a whole, or who have created and developed an innovative product or service.

However, one of the biggest challenges of the Innovation category is to really understand what ‘innovation’ means in your case.

If your organisation has produced something that’s never been made before by anyone else, or offers a service that is not offered elsewhere, this is an innovation.

For example, if you make widgets, and your competitors make widgets, but you have made a widget in a way that is new and different, it uses different methods or materials for instance, and this has increased your sales, turnover and profit, then you can safely say this new and unique widget is innovative and is leading to enhanced commercial performance.

However, if you offer the same service as your competitors, but you think you do it better and you are leading the market, can you think of an innovation that you have created that has specifically led to this success? For example have you created a bespoke software platform that is now the backbone of your organisation, or a new method of service delivery that is unique to your team? Setting best practice is not a strong enough argument alone to win a Queen’s Award for Innovation, you must be able to prove your innovative development.

Ultimately, in order to be considered ‘innovative’ you should think about how your product, service or approach would be considered new and unique. If there are other organisations doing the same as you, then how can you demonstrate you're your product or service is truly innovative – is there a way of highlighting and differentiating yourself, and can you truly attribute your commercial success to the innovation of your product or service?

WHO CAN ENTER THE INNOVATION CATEGORY?

As with all Queen’s Award entries you must have a minimum of 2 full-time (or part-time equivalent) employees and be based in the UK to enter.

WHICH SUB-CATEGORY OF THE AWARDS SHOULD YOU ENTER?

Entries must be made in one of the following sub-categories:

Outstanding Achievement (with growth maintained over 2 years) or

Continuous Achievement (with growth maintained over 5 years)

Entries are made up to the end of the last financial year before September 2019. If you have made investments in your innovation you must be prepared to discuss the impact of these on your finances, particulary if they have created an initial dip in your commercial results, and explain how you have recouped the investment. 

WHAT MAKES A QUEEN'S AWARDS INNOVATION WINNER?

Winners are able to demonstrate that they have created a commercially successful business model that is growing in turnover and profit year on year and has a strong business strategy for it’s current and on going success. Winners will clearly identify their innovation, their markets and their strategy, and they will highlight the challenges they have faced as well as the successes they have created.

THERE ARE AROUND 65 AWARDS GIVEN IN THE INNOVATION CATEGORY ON AVERAGE EACH YEAR THROUGHOUT THE UK, HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES:

Thermoteknix Systems Ltd won an Innovation Award for developing a miniature, thermal-imaging camera that clips onto nightvision goggles. 

The ANVIL Group International Ltd won an Innovation Award for designing and developing an Employee Travel Monitoring System. 

Grey Technology Ltd (Gtech - pictured above) won an Innovation Award for developing a new type of cordless powered vacuum cleaner. 

WHEN IS THE QUEEN'S AWARDS FOR ENTERPRISE DEADLINE?

It's noon on September 2019, but it can take many weeks to pull the information you need together for such a rigorous award, so don't leave it to late to give yourself a fighting chance, get started today!

CAN YOU ENTER MORE THAN ONE CATEGORY?

Yes, so long as you meet all the criteria, here are the other categories:

International Trade 

Sustainable Development 

Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility

HOW DO YOU GET STARTED ON YOUR QUEEN’S AWARD ENTRY?

If you think you could be eligible for a Queen’s Award entry in the Innovation category and you would like professional assistance we will undertake a free and confidential eligibility check for you based upon your organisation’s commercial achievements 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 01273 832164 for more information or email enquiries@awardsintelligence.co.uk to book your free consultation. We had an incredible 83% 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! 

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OUR CLIENTS' THOUGHTS

We are a young, innovative health-tech company with a cutting-edge range of DNA tests for analysing health fitness and nutrition markers for both sports performance and general consumers. We are thrilled and delighted to have won two Queen's Awards for Enterprise - one for Innovation and the other for International Trade. Awards Intelligence assisted in helping us to really understand the depth of information needed for our double win.

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Double QAE winner

Wow, I didn't realise just how fantastic my business was until I read the superb award winning entries you wrote for us! Many thanks, you are fab and I would definitely recommend you to anyone that wants to raise their profile and grow their business by winning awards.

DEBORAH MITCHELL

Heaven Health & Beauty Founder

Awards Intelligence have helped us win three awards in just three months. They have given us that vital winning edge and saved us valuable time. We have now committed to an annual awards plan to ensure we keep up the momentum. I would recommend AI to anyone that is serious about awards success as they have certainly delivered for my businesses very quickly.

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I've had many bad experiences in the Third sector and only a few good ones, working with you has been the best to date, and not because we won an award as I've always had it in mind to email in and let you know how much I appreciated your attitude and laid back approach to my constant pestering.

I have already recommended AI and will continue to do so, the service was superb.

BILL MCCANCE

Founder, CEO & Trustee Forces Support

Thank you for all your help in building our entry to the Queen's Award for Enterprise. You clearly grasped how important sustainability is to Seasalt and we were delighted that your professional and innovative approach to constructing our entry highlighted our own exceptional achievements in the retail sector.

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SIMON BURGESS

Insurance entrepreneur

With only two weeks to go before the deadline, we approached Awards Intelligence specifically to help us win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise and with their expert help we achieved our goal. To win the most prestigious business award in the world at the first attempt is no mean feat. What seemed daunting at the start was made very easy by Awards Intelligence, especially with the time scale created by our financial year end. The quality of the service was fast, efficient and professional. I would wholeheartedly recommend Awards Intelligence.

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Tecna Display

We have had a long and fruitful relationship with Awards Intelligence. Over the last 12 months alone they have helped us win five company awards which has helped to raise the profile of the organisation and further enhance its reputation as the UK’s leading invoice finance solution. They offer an excellent service and I would recommend them to any organisation that takes winning awards seriously.

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Thank you for helping us through the Queen's Awards application Lesley, you clearly did a brilliant job and we are thrilled that this has resulted in such a fantastic award that recognises our achievements as a UK SME business

MARK BUTLER

PCL Ceramics Limited

Many thanks for all your help in ensuring our application met the criteria for The Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2014. This award recognises the achievements of our R+D team, the company's commitment to technical development and manufacturing excellence, and our outstanding marketing team who brought the product to market. We are delighted to be celebrating such incredible success and believe this award will be of great value and importance to the future of our business

COLIN HAMAND

NGF Europe Ltd

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An Awards Intelligence nomination is special. Not only will we save you a great deal of time and hassle, our experts will significantly increase the nominee's chances of success.

Honours Selection Committees judge a candidate's merits based on the nomination put forward. Our nominations are not simply an extended CV, a list of educational achievements, appointments, awards or posts, or a job description. Poor nominations often list these things, and a frequent complaint from the Committees judging the nominations is that the person recommended is "doing no more than their paid job".

Instead, our nominations define what is special about the candidates' achievements and show accurately, memorably and persuasively exactly how and where they have made a difference.

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