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The King's Awards

The King’s Award for Voluntary Service

The King’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK for outstanding work done in their local communities.

Any group of two or more people doing volunteering work that is a social, economic or environmental service to the local community could receive the award. In order to be nominated, volunteer groups should do work that: provides activities and meets a need for people living in the local community; is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it; has developed and is run locally.

Volunteer groups should have a record of doing work in the local community.

Applications for 2025 King’s Awards for Voluntary Service will open on 1 June and close on 15 September 2024.

Forms, Guidance and Information

The Nomination Forms require to be completed online and are available from the King’s Award for Voluntary Service website https://kavs.dcms.gov.uk/.

Guidance notes are also only available online.

For assistance, please contact Vice Lord-Lieutenant Alex Cairncross by email: lordlieutenancy@pkc.gov.uk or telephone: 01738 475009.

The King’s Awards for Enterprise

The King’s Awards for Enterprise were previously known as the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, first established in 1966, and are recognised as the most prestigious business awards in the UK. To date, over 7,000 companies have received an award.

The King’s Awards for Enterprise are open to applications from businesses in every sector throughout the UK. Whether a small business with a great innovative product or service, or a larger company running an impressive social mobility programme, these awards are a significant way to recognise a company’s contribution to enterprise.

The King’s Awards for Enterprise recognise outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of:

  • Innovation
  • International Trade
  • Sustainable Development and
  • Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility)

The King’s Awards for Enterprise are free to enter and the very process of entering can be a worthwhile and fruitful process, revisiting the catalyst to create the business, how it has developed and its aims for the future. Global competition is becoming tougher and applying for, and receiving an award, presents an opportunity to gain a competitive advantage going forward. If your company wins, you will be:

  • Invited to a Royal reception.
  • Presented with the award at your company by the Lord Lieutenant, the King’s representative.
  • Able to fly The King’s Awards flag at your main office, and use the emblem on your marketing materials including packaging, advertisements, stationery, and website; and
  • given a Grant of Appointment (official certificate) and a commemorative crystal trophy.

Winners have reported benefiting from worldwide recognition, increased commercial value, greater press coverage and a boost to staff morale.

Perthshire is full of exciting and innovative businesses and what would be a better way for a business to be recognised and rewarded for their contribution to the local economy, than to celebrate with a King’s Award for Enterprise?

Managing Director of Merlin ERD, Iain Hutchison, described his award as “a magnificent honour” and added: “It is a testimony to the hard work and dedication of this team. It reinforces our position as industry leaders in advanced drilling technologies on a global scale.”

Professor Colin Campbell of the James Hutton Institute said of their King’s Award for Enterprise “We’re honoured to receive this award. Sustainability drives our research and we recognise the urgency with which we must all act.”

Applications for 2025 King’s Awards for Enterprise are open from 6 May until 12 September 2024.

Further information is available online at https://www.gov.uk/kings-awards-for-enterprise or, alternatively, please contact Deputy Lieutenant Charlie Gallagher  by email: lordlieutenancy@pkc.gov.uk or telephone: 01738 475009.

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