Guernsey businesses are being encouraged to put themselves forward for a prestigious award with royal recognition.

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.  Now the Lieutenant Governor, the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce and the Committee for Economic Development are prompting local businesses to enter the 2025 awards.

The Awards was launched during a reception at Government House, drawing interest from organizations such as The Little Green Energy Company, Guernsey Woollens, and Offshore Electronics, all eager to learn more about what’s involved.

Kings award launch event

Deputy Steve Falla, Vice-President of the Committee for Economic Development, emphasized the transformative potential of the awards, urging local businesses to embrace this remarkable opportunity.

Bob Beebe from The Little Green Energy Company knows of organisations that have been benefitted from a Kings Award, and highlighted the impact it’s had on their business.

 It’s a fantastic opportunity for local business to raise their head above the parapet. For Little Green simply engaging in the award submission process would help be a huge boost to the team, and showcase the fantastic work we do for the local environment.

The  Awards are awarded to businesses for outstanding achievement in four categories;

  • International Trade
  •  Innovation
  • Sustainable Development and
  • Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility)

Guernsey Woollens Arthur Eldridge is enthusiastic about the International Trade category.

We send 6000 garments a year to South Korea and 3000 to Japan and I think an award endorsed by the King would be highly regarded in these markets. Royal recognition would boost UK sales too.

Winners of the King Award gain access to a unique platform on which to showcase their business on a national and international stage, and along with receive royal recognition, also have the privilege of attending a royal reception.

Other benefits include:

  • Greater global recognition
  • Boosts to turnover and international trade
  • Excellent marketing opportunities
  • Winning edge over competitors
  • Increase in recruiting a highly skilled workforce
  • Use of the Emblem on their stationery, advertising and goods
  • Display the King’s Award flag at their principal premises,

Chamber’s Executive Director Alice Gill says:

We’re excited to bring the Award to Guernsey for the first time. 

Our island is full of exciting and innovative businesses and the King’s Awards for Enterprise is a great way of celebrating their success.  Whether you’re a small business with an 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.

 How to enter

If you’re interested in applying, please see our dedicated Kings Award page. 

Guernsey Chamber will offering guidance and support to all business keen on applying.  We’re hosting an Awards submission session on Tues 14 May. See our event page for more details.

The deadline for entries is September 12th, with winners set to be announced on May 6th, 2025.