The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is an awards programme for British businesses and other organisations who excel at international trade, innovation or sustainable development. They are the highest official UK awards for British businesses. The scheme was established as The Queen’s Award to Industry by a Royal Warrant in November 1965. Individual categories have been known in the past as The Queen’s Awards for Export, Export Achievement, Technology, Technological Achievement and Environmental Achievement.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of Innovation, is aimed at organisations who are either innovative in their methods and practices as a whole, or who have created and developed an innovative product or service. For International Trade a company must show a substantial and sustained increase in export earnings over three consecutive 12-month periods; to a level which is outstanding for the products and services concerned, and for the size of the organisation. Awards are made on the advice of the Prime Minister after examination of applications by an Advisory Committee composed of leading individuals from industry, commerce, trade unions and government. The awards are conferred by the reigning British monarch on his or her birthday every year. For Her Majesty Elizabeth II this is 21 April.
CarnaudMetalbox Engineering are proud recipients of the Queens Award for the fourth time; winning in 1986 for Technological Achievement, 2010 for International Trade, 2014 for International Trade and now 2020 for Innovation.