The Queen`s Awards for Enterprise

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise were established in their current form in 2000 and are the UK's most prestigious awards for business performance. 

There are four categories of award:

  • International Trade
  • Innovation
  • Sustainable Development
  • Individual Award

The first three are awarded to businesses who are able to demonstrate outstanding success in that particular field.  The Individual award (The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion) is awarded to people who have played an outstanding role in the promotion of enterprise in others.

The closing date for nominations is 2 September and the recipients for each year are announced on the following 21 April.

Winners receive a range of benefits including worldwide recognition and extensive press coverage.  The award itself is presented locally, usually by the Lord-Lieutenant.

Further information is available from The Queen's Award for Enterprise website and guidance notes.


The Lakes Free Range Egg, co-owned by Mr and Mrs Brass received their Queens Award for Sustainable Development from HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria, Mrs Claire Hensman on Friday 24 August. The occasion was even more special for staff at The Lakes, because it marked the start of their 21st birthday celebration.

To find out more about The Lakes Free Range Egg please visit:


Create Technologies Ltd, trading as Createc received their Queens Award for International Trade from HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria, Mrs Claire Hensman on Thursday 27 September.

The Createc team has a wide experience of the very latest sensor technology, imaging applications and software approaches that they can bring to bear on any problem. They have been successful in developing devices and software systems that are being used around the world. And they enjoy extending their expertise into new areas.

To find out more about Createc please visit:

Queen`s Award for Enterprise Promotion

'Ways into Successful Enterprise' are very pleased and delighted to congratulate our colleague Lady Anne Cunningham on gaining the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion, which was presented by Vince Cable, Business Secretary, at a ceremony in the Department for Business, Skills and Innovation (BIS) on the 23rd July. This was followed by an evening reception at Buckingham Palace with HM Queen Elizabeth 2 and other members of the Royal Family. Anne was nominated by colleague Eric Barker who shared the day.
There were eight in total who won this prestigious award, nominated by their peers for outstanding voluntary efforts to support and encourage UK entrepreneurship.

Queen`s Award for Enterprise International Trade 2013


Established in 2002, Totalpost Services plc manufactures and supplies mailroom equipment and franking machine cartridges and distributes X-Ray security screening equipment.  This first time Queen's Award winner has grown its exports substantially year-on-year. In 2011 exports as a percentage of company turnover were 33%, and in 2012 this figure was a staggering 44%. Totalpost has offices in 5 countries and supplies products and services worldwide. The majority of its sales are throughout Europe with a strong presence also in the US. Totalpost invests heavily in R&D and has an R&D hub at its manufacturing base in Cumbria.. More recently Totalpost has now entered the digital forensic screening market. To find out more about Totalpost visit

Queen`s Award for Enterprise International Trade 2013

Lord Inglewood, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria, presents a glass bowl and certificate to Sue Lester and Julian Braidwood, founders and director and managing director respectively, of How Mill-based company Triveritas after being named as winners of a Queen's Award for Enterprise International Trade 2013.