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Chairman’s Update: May 2017

25 May 2017

Lady Barbara Judge speaking at an eventDear All

This month I would like to talk about the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.  This Award was started in the mid-60’s, and was to be a prestigious emblem to herald the success of numerous British companies in various industries.  The purpose of the Award is to exhibit outstanding achievement throughout the business world. The categories span the breadth of commerce from innovation to sustainability, to international trade, and a number of other worthy objectives. It is the ultimate seal of approval from the highest royal office in the land, and winners are permitted to emboss the Buckingham Palace emblem on their goods and advertising. 

The IoD has been a supporter of businesses and the people that run them since 1903, and we are particularly proud that many of our members have been winners of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.  Of the 176 businesses which were winners last year, 47 were members of the IoD. 

In the same way that the IoD opens its doors to companies of every type, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is open to applications from almost all businesses in all regions of the country, and in all sizes in every sector. 

Winners this year include businesses leading the way in a broad range of green energy and healthcare sectors, to laser technology and digital marketing.  This year, a new award for promoting opportunities (through social mobility) was added.  This new award seeks to highlight one of the greatest challenges facing our country today.  The intention is to reward those employers seeking to enable life changes for the current generation of schoolchildren. 

Among the award winners was Kate Boullen, a member of the IoD and Chief Executive of St Helen’s Church. St Helen’s Church runs employability programmes to help people access, and break into, the local labour market.  I am proud to say that Kate was awarded the MBE in the 2013 Honour’s List for her work in making St Helen’s and its people a more prosperous place.  She has pioneered a number of ground breaking initiatives, with a special emphasis on finding work for young people.  I am extremely pleased to see that our members are engaging in these immensely important initiatives.

We at the IoD are dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurial activity and promoting responsible business practices for the benefit of the business community and society as a whole.  The Queen’s Award for Enterprise makes an extraordinary contribution towards raising awareness of the good work that companies do in this country.  If you have not done so before, I would urge you to apply for this year’s Queen’s Award for Enterprise. 

Click here to apply 

It is an outstanding opportunity for your business to receive global recognition, to boost staff morale, and showcase the best of UK businesses.  In these uncertain times it is important to focus on businesses that are forging ahead and proving their resilience; long may it continue. 

Finally spring has come, let’s enjoy it.

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