Kings Award For Enterprise

Guernsey is full of exciting and innovative businesses and the King’s Awards for Enterprise is a great way of celebrating their success. Whether a small business with a great innovative product or service, or a larger company running an impressive social mobility programme, the awards are a prestigious way to recognise your contribution to enterprise.

The King’s Awards for Enterprise, formerly the Queen’s Awards, has been established for 59 years and to date no Guernsey business has been a recipient.


On the 9th of April the Lieutenant Governor, His Excellency Richard Cripwell, the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce and the Committee for Economic Development held a launch event to prompt local businesses to enter the 2025 awards.
You can view the slides presented here KAE Guernsey presentation 2024


Any recipients of the awards will be invited to a royal reception, receive their award from the Lieutenant Governor, will be able to fly the King’s Awards flag at their premises for five years and use the emblem on their marketing and receive a Grant of Appointment and a commemorative trophy.

 

The King’s Awards for Enterprise are awarded to businesses for outstanding achievement in four categories;

  • Innovation
  • International trade
  • Sustainable development
  • Promoting opportunity through social mobility
Kings award launch event

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for a King’s Award a company must:  

  • be based either in the UK  or the Channel Islands
  • have at least two full-time employees or part time equivalents based in the same country as your business
  • have a good compliance record with HMRCor relevant tax authority
  • be a self-contained enterprise
  • demonstrate strong Environmental Social Governance practices

The applications window is from 6 May to 12 September 2024. Assessment, duediligence,and judgingtakes place from October to February and applicants are notified in March.The Awards will be announced on 6 May, the anniversary of The King’s Coronation. 

“In celebrating the achievements of our local businesses and encouraging them to apply for the King’s Award for Enterprise, we put a spotlight Guernsey’s innovative spirit and entrepreneurial excellence. These awards offer a unique opportunity to recognise and elevate the profile of our businesses on a national stage, showcasing the outstanding contributions they make to our economy and community.”

Diane de Garis, President of Chamber

Benefits of winning

Whether a small business with a great innovative product or service, or a larger company running an impressive social mobility programme, this award is a prestigious way to recognise your contribution to enterprise.

The King’s Award is valid for five years and winning organisations will benefit from:

  • flying the King’s Award flag at their principal premises,
  • use of the Emblem on their stationery, advertising and goods. Commemorative articles can be given to employees
  • global recognition and added commercial value for your business
  • an edge over the competition and new business opportunities
  • a boost to your staff morale and company pride
  • Presentation ceremonies are conducted at the winners’ premises, by the Lord-Lieutenant of the County as HM The King’s representative. The Awards consist of a Grant of Appointment and a presentational item bearing the Emblem.

Additionally, representatives of the winning businesses will be invited to a celebratory Royal Reception.