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King’s Award for Enterprise launched for Surrey businesses

Entries to the The King’s Award for Enterprise are now being welcomed from businesses across Surrey looking for royal approval for their work.

The King’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious business awards. They enable winners to help consolidate market presence, strengthen their competitive position and to generate new business. 

His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux, visited Surrey Research Park last week to encourage companies of all sizes to take advantage of the unique opportunity to showcase their excellence. 

Entries for the 2025 are now open. Apply online via the government website by 1pm on September 12, 2024.

The categories for nomination are:

  • Innovation
  • International trade
  • Sustainable development
  • Promoting opportunity through social mobility 

Winners attend a Royal reception. They will also have a trophy presented at their business by the Surrey Lord Lieutenancy.

Awards are valid for five years.

King’s Award winner case study: ipTEST

ipTEST, which operates from Surrey Research Park, specialises in cutting-edge semiconductor testing.

It won a King’s Award for innovation in 2023 followed by a 2024 King’s Award for international trade.

Speaking at the event, Conor McCarthy the Chief Executive of two-time King’s Awards winner ipTEST, said: “The King’s Award has significantly raised the company’s profile, leading to new business opportunities and increased credibility in our field. Most importantly though, it recognises the hard work and dedication put in by everyone at ipTEST. This has been a true team effort across our entire company.”

Caroline Fleming, Director of the Surrey Innovation District, based at Surrey Research Park, said: “The King’s Award is a fantastic opportunity to shine a spotlight on Surrey’s pioneering businesses and to ensure the county’s expert teams are recognised for their amazing contributions. We look forward to more of our Park community members joining ipTEST in the hall of fame of King’s Award winners.”

Learn more about the King’s Award for Enterprise

There’s lots of help for businesses in Surrey interested in applying for the King’s Award for Enterprise.

A webinar will take place on Wednesday 17th July at 11am. Hear from Founder of Enterprise Nation Emma Jones CBE and Chairman of the British Business Bank, Stephen Welton CBE.

Or you can contact the King’s Award team direct on 020 7215 6880 or by email kingsawards@beis.gov.uk.

Find out more about the next round of awards on the The King’s Awards for Enterprise web page.

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