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Harlow firms inspired by King’s Coronation encouraged to apply for a prestigious Award for Enterprise

Business / Sat 13th May 2023 at 06:28am

HARLOW firms inspired by King’s Coronation encouraged to apply for a prestigious Award for Enterprise.

All businesses in Essex encouraged to apply for award recognised across the world.

All businesses in Essex, big, medium or small, are now invited to apply for a prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise.

The King’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for businesses, recognising and celebrating business excellence across the UK. The recipients of the awards demonstrate outstanding success in their respective fields of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity (through social mobility).

An estimated 20 million United Kingdom residents watched the coronation of King Charles III along with an estimated two billion viewers worldwide. The King’s Awards for Enterprise gives businesses the potential to utilise customer recognition of HM King Charles III at home and abroad.

The King’s Awards are open to all small, medium, or large businesses, as well as non-profit organisations, with more than two full-time employees. The majority of companies who win a King’s Award have fewer than 250 employees, but larger corporations are often winners too.

It is free to apply for an award if you are UK-based, file tax returns with HMRC, and demonstrate strong corporate social responsibility.

The awards are designed to recognise and encourage outstanding achievements in four categories: Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development, and Promoting Opportunity. Each of these categories has specific entry criteria.

From 2024 The Awards will be announced annually on 6th May, to mark the anniversary of His Majesty The King’s Coronation. Applications for the 2024 round and now open and close midday 12 September. Eligible businesses are free to apply for one or more categories. Recipients pass a robust assessment process, judged by experts from industry, academia, the voluntary sector and senior officials in Whitehall.

The award is valid for five years and award-winners report a range of benefits, including national and global recognition, excellent marketing opportunities, and a reported boost in trade.

This year’s recipients of the King’s Award include SureScreen Diagnostics, a Derby based manufacturer of Covid-19 tests – who receive two awards, large construction company Willmott Dixon, the 100-year-old family run business Bettys and Taylors and Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, which provides opportunities for military veterans.

Essex County Councillor Lesley Wagland OBE, Cabinet Member for Economic Renewal, Infrastructure and Planning, said: “Here in Essex we have a strong business start-up rate, which is also maintained in the county’s business survival rate.

“We know that many of the great businesses which operate in Essex are small firms and, while we are very proud of our bigger businesses, we also want to encourage small firms to apply for a King’s Award for Enterprise.

“To gain a King’s Award for Enterprise, businesses have to tell a compelling story of development and I know we have no shortage of those stories here in Essex.

“These awards are for you, they will increase your business, help you grow, and boost your trading reputation. I encourage any of the great firms we have here in Essex to apply.”

Mr Keith Attwood, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex, was CEO of e2v when the company won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise several times.

Mr Attwood said: “Essex has the great benefit of many highly successful companies, large and small, which are the life-blood of our county. As Deputy Lord Lieutenant, I am keen to promote this commercial success and to ensure that it receives maximum recognition through the prestigious King’s Awards for Enterprise.”

Winners of the awards can use the award emblem on business stationary, on websites and advertising and they gain permission to fly the King’s Awards flag at all company premises for five years.

Dura Composites, based in Clacton-on-Sea, is a leading global supplier of composite products for flooring, structures and façades, which are ideal for the industrial, construction, rail, marine, landscaping and architectural sectors.

Stuart Burns, Managing Director, Dura Composites, said: “Winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation has brought an immense sense of pride both for our UK team and our overseas distribution partners.

“Having won previously in 2017 in the category of International Trade we have experienced how globally renowned the award is and have seen it open new doors for us, as well as serving as Royal recognition of our achievements at the forefront of composite walkway design, manufacture and supply.

“We’ve been delighted to fly the Queen’s Award emblem flag at each of our premises and have included it within our livery, marketing materials and product packaging wherever possible to help give us an edge over our competitors. It’s also been a great boost to staff morale and has undoubtedly instilled confidence and pride in employees in all areas of the company. We’d encourage anyone thinking about entering to get involved.”

Presentation ceremonies are conducted at the winners’ premises, by the Lord-Lieutenant of Essex as HM The King’s representative in the county. The Awards consist of a Grant of Appointment and a presentational item bearing the Emblem.

To apply for a King’s Award, first register on The King’s Awards website – links to the application page and all details of who can apply for an award can be found at www.gov.uk/kings-awards-for-enterprise

All the criteria for entering a particular category of the King’s Awards for Enterprise can also be found on this page.

There is also a telephone helpline for any firm seeking to apply for a King’s Award, providing on-call help Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm – 0207 215 6880.

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