The King's Award for Enterprise - KAE


The King’s Award for Enterprise (formerly the Queen’s Award) is for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of:

International Trade
Sustainable Development
romoting Opportunity Through Social Mobility

How to Apply

A company does not have to be nominated, it can apply itself. For more information on the award and how to apply please use the website link below:


To apply for the award your organisation must:

  • Be based in the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man)
  • File its Company Tax Returns with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • Be a self-contained enterprise that markets its own products or services and is under its own management
  • Have at least 2 full-time UK employees or part-time equivalents
  • Demonstrate strong corporate social responsibility


Your organisation can be a business or non-profit. Each of the award categories has additional entry criteria.



To apply for the Innovation award, you must also:

  • have an innovation that has not been sold before
  • have had your innovation available on the market for at least 2 years
  • have recovered all the investments made in your innovation or show that the innovation will recover its full costs in future
  • show outstanding commercial success as a result of innovation over 2 years – or continuous commercial success over 5 years

​Your innovation should be in one of the following categories:

  • invention, design or production of goods
  • performance of services
  • marketing and distribution
  • after-sale support of goods or services​

International Trade

To apply for the International Trade award, you must also:

  • have made a minimum of £100,000 in overseas sales in the first year of your entry and show year-on-year growth
  • prove that your organisation has achieved outstanding growth in overseas earnings relative to your business size and sector
  • prove steep year-on-year growth (without dips) in overseas sales over 3 years – or substantial year-on-year growth (without dips) over 6 years

Sustainable Development

To apply for the Sustainable Development award, you must also:

  • show how you have achieved outstanding sustainable development for more than 2 years
  • provide evidence of the benefits or positive outcomes of your actions or interventions

Promoting Opportunity through social mobility

To apply for the Promoting Opportunity award, you must also:

  • have had a social mobility programme running for more than 2 years
  • provide evidence of the programme’s benefits (for example, to your organisation and employees)

​Your improvements should help socially disadvantaged individuals or groups and be in one of the following areas:

  • work experience, careers advice or mentoring for young people
  • offering non-graduate routes such as traineeships or changing recruitment practices
  • giving equal support and progression opportunities to all employees

Recent winners of the KAE/QAE from County Antrim:

2023 (KAE) International Trade:
BLK BOX Ltd, Newtownabbey

2021 (QAE) International Trade:
Environmental Street Furniture, Newtownabbey
InspecVision Ltd, Mallusk
Texthelp Ltd, Antrim

Further information is available from the following website link: