Nominate someone for an Honour

If you know someone who has made a significant difference in their community or field of work or who has achieved great things against the odds, then please consider nominating them for an honour.

Click here to visit the British Government website to nominate someone for an honour >

How to complete the nomination form

Types of Honours

Companion of Honour

This is awarded for having a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government lasting over a long period of time.

Knight or Dame

This is awarded for having a major contribution in any activity, usually at national level. Other people working in the nominee’s area will see their contribution as inspirational and significant, requiring commitment over a long period of time.

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

This is awarded for having a prominent but lesser role at national level, or a leading role at regional level. You can also get one for a distinguished, innovative contribution to any area.

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

This is awarded for having a major local role in any activity, including people whose work has made them known nationally in their chosen area.

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Awarded for an outstanding achievement or service to the community. This will have had a long-term, significant impact and stand out as an example to others.

British Empire Medal (BEM)

Awarded for a ‘hands-on’ service to the local community. This could be a long-term charitable or voluntary activity, or innovative work of a relatively short duration (3 to 4 years) that has made a significant difference.

The UK Honours System

The honours system in the UK is designed to recognise people and who make a real difference to their community or in their field of work. The honours system also recognises voluntary groups and businesses with special awards. The Lord-Lieutenant very much wants to encourage more nominations from all communities in Essex to identify those individuals who would be worthy of receiving an honour, particularly from areas where people have not previously been recognised.

Honours are given to people for sporting or other major national achievements but many more honours are awarded to those who don’t make the headlines. An honour can recognise the achievements of ordinary people who do extraordinary things but they must still be actively involved in what you’re nominating them for. Anyone can nominate anyone for an honour but, importantly, you must not tell them.


You can find a nomination form here. It’s not difficult to complete but you will need at least two letters of support to back up your nomination and these should be from people who know the nominee personally.


For individuals, honours can be awarded for achievements such as:

– making a difference to their community or field of work
– enhancing Britain’s reputation
– long-term voluntary service
– innovation and entrepreneurship
– changing things, with an emphasis on achievement
– improving life for people less able to help themselves
– displaying moral courage


Honours are given to those involved in:

– community, voluntary and local services
– arts and media
– health
– sport
– education
– science and technology
– business and the economy
– civil or political service


Honours lists are published twice a year – at New Year and on the Queen’s official birthday in mid-June.

The Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service is for outstanding achievement by groups which volunteer their own time to enhance and improve the quality of life and opportunity of others in the local communities. 


It is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.


Winners receive a certificate signed by the Queen and a domed glass crystal both presented by The Lord-Lieutenant. Representatives from the group may also be invited to attend a royal garden party.

Nominations must be made online, see below.


Any group of two or more people doing voluntary work can be nominated but the majority of the group must be volunteers and more than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK. The group will need to know they are being nominated.


The Lord-Lieutenant also wants to encourage more nominations to be made for voluntary groups in the county.


To be nominated they should do work that:

  • provides a service and meets a need for people living in the local community
  • is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it
  • is run locally


Volunteer groups should have been running for three years or more to be nominated.


To nominate a group, you must be independent from the group. You could be, for example, someone who benefits from the group’s work or someone who’s aware of the group’s work.


You must include at least two letters of support which show:
– how the group helps the local community
– how you know the group


The letters can come from a wide range of people, e.g. those who receive the service, those who know about the service provided, councillors, police officers, mayors, MPs, religious leaders, fire officers, teachers – they do not have to be from people occupying senior positions.


A panel overseen by the Lieutenancy, looks at evidence about the group’s activity, the group’s impact and reputation and how it may have overcome obstacles.


The nomination needs to show the panel evidence that the volunteer activity is exceptional, along with information that brings out the roles of volunteers and whether the activity of the group is volunteer-led. Volunteer-led does not mean that ‘only volunteers’ must be involved in the work of the group, it just means that there must be evidence of the volunteers taking a leading role in key aspects of the work of the group.


Winners of the QAVS in Essex are diverse, ranging from Halstead in Bloom, First Responder groups, Haven’s Hospice, Homeless Action Research Project (HARP), scout groups, residents’ associations, church groups and many other voluntary groups.


Also taken into account is how far the group has achieved, or is moving towards achieving, standards of excellence in its organisation and its volunteers.


Nominations MUST be made on the website at

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is for outstanding achievement by UK businesses for:
– innovation
– international trade
– sustainable development
– promoting opportunity through social mobility


Recognition of business achievements is of vital importance to the growth of the county and the Lord-Lieutenant encourages business leaders to submit nominates for these awards.


Businesses can apply for more than one award. All are free to enter.


Winners will be:
– invited to a Royal reception at Buckingham Palace, hosted by Her Majesty The Queen
– presented the award at the company by a member of the Royal Family or the Lord-Lieutenant
– able to fly The Queen’s Award flag at its main office and use the emblem on marketing materials such as packaging, advertisements, stationery and on its website.
– given a Grant of Appointment and a commemorative crystal bowl


The awards are valid for five years.


Winners have reported benefiting from worldwide recognition, increased commercial value, greater media coverage and an increase in staff morale.


A business can nominate itself and the closing date for entries is the last working day of September.


An organisation is eligible if it is:
– based in the UK, including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
– files its Company Tax Returns with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
– is a self-contained enterprise that markets its own products or services and is under its own management.
– has at least two full-time UK employees or part-time equivalents.
– demonstrates strong corporate social responsibility.


The organisation can be business or non-profit.


Each of the award categories has additional entry criteria. For details go to

If you know someone who has made a significant difference in their community or field of work or who has achieved great things against the odds, then please consider nominating them for an honour.

Click here to visit the British Government website to nominate someone for an honour >