The Business Excellence in Essex initiative urges companies, large and small, to show their strengths and bid for The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise which are among the most prestigious for UK businesses.

This booklet provides an introduction to The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise to encourage businesses to apply for this internationally recognised mark of distinction. Click on the image to open the brochure


Lord-Lieutenant of Essex Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst said that winning businesses can gain a number of benefits to help them thrive in a challenging economy. The awards are designed to recognise and encourage outstanding achievements.

Mrs Tolhurst said: “The Queen’s Award is a royal seal of approval for the UK’s most outstanding businesses. They are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses and all past winners have found that the award has brought many commercial benefits as well as boosting staff morale.

The 2019 Essex winners are:

Pickering Interfaces of Stephenson Road, Clacton-on-Sea which designs and manufactures modular signal switching and instrumentation for use in electronic testing and simulation for use in a wide range of industries from aerospace to industrial automation

Ultimotive of Severalls Business Park, Colchester which develops, tests and manufactures chemical products for major brands under licence

Cloudfm Integrated Services of Charter Court, Colchester which provides an end-to-end facilities management service.

About The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

The awards are open to businesses with more than two full-time employees. Most winning companies have fewer than 250 employees.

There are four entry categories:
– international trade
– innovation
– sustainable development
– promoting opportunity through social mobility

The award is valid for five years and benefits include national and global recognition, marketing opportunities. added commercial value and increased trade, a boost to staff morale and use of the award emblem on stationery, website and advertising.

Last year in the UK, 238 Awards were granted with 88 per cent going to small to medium size businesses.

Go to for further information about the Awards.