The Lord Lieutenant Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst presents the Queen’s Award to ACS CEO Graham Higgins
Pictured are the Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, right, who presented Stuart Burns of Dura with the Award at their Clacton factory in October 2017 with the Chairman of Tendring District Council Cllr Mark Platt

About this Award

The Queen’s Award 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 visit