The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of:
promoting opportunity through social mobility
The 2018 winners included timNexus Ltd who are based in Brighton.
About 88% of all QAEs go to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). They can result in a terrific boost to profile and the resultant business. Companies do not need to go through one of the consultancies that say "we will get you one for a fee". In fact it is better if they do not as such applications can sometimes be seen by the recipients as formulaic.
The application form is simple and the QAE office will offer support over the phone. Any company with two or more employees that is registered in the UK and pays UK tax can apply.
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