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"What exactly are you looking for in an application?” – this is one the most popular questions that we hear when we pick up the phone at the Queen’s Awards Office.

Below are some notes on what the assessors and judges are looking for across each category.

Application Guidance: Innovation

Some of the things we are looking for:

Plain English when describing your innovation

Your story:

  • the challenges you have overcome
  • why your innovation is unique
  • how your innovation benefits your business, customers and others

Quantitative and qualitative evidence to support your claim

 

Application guidance: International Trade

Some of the things we are looking for:

Plain English when describing your product

Your story:

  • why is penetration of a particular market an achievement? E.g., are you the first, leading, fastest growing UK exporter in this market?
  • why is your performance better than that of competitors?
  • what challenges have affected your trade and how you overcame them?

Quantitative and qualitative evidence to support your claim

 

Application guidance: Promoting Opportunity

Some of the things we are looking for:

Plain English when describing your social mobility programme

  • Your commitment to access and retain talent, despite this not being your core business
  • Senior decision makers’ commitment to the future growth of the social mobility programme
  • Evidence on how the programme benefits your organisation, community, staff and workforce
  • Evidence on how your organisation improved the employability of the people engaged in your programme

 

Application guidance: Sustainable Development

Some of the things we are looking for:

Plain English when describing your SD approach

Contribution to each of these outcomes:

  • Environmental outcomes (you can refer to The Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, Government’s Clean Growth Strategy and Industrial Strategy)
  • Social outcomes (i.e., working towards the needs of people in the communities)
  • Economic outcomes (building an economy which provides prosperity and opportunity for all, promotes innovation and encourages lifelong learning)
  • Sector leading sustainability performance, e.g. overcoming important challenges that are specific to your sector.

Quantitative and qualitative evidence to support your claim