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Honours and Awards

Detailed information about UK National Honours, including The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, and The Elizabeth Cross.

You can also find out more about the process of nominating people for honours and awards, and access downloadable resources and forms to enable you to nominate.

New Year Honours 2020 List

Delighted to announce the following from our Lieutenancy area have been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours 2020 List:

Diana Johnson, Member of Parliament for Hull North, has been appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her charitable and political service.

Stephen Martin, DL, Non-Executive Director, ARCO, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Business, Conservation and the community in Hull and East Yorkshire.

David Haire, Project Director for Fundraising, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Patients and Staff in East Yorkshire.

Finally, The Queen has appointed Sarah Asquith, Lieutenancy Officer, a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) for services to the Lieutenancy supporting four Lord-Lieutenants spanning over 30 years.

If you know of someone who does great work in your local community and you wish to nominate them for an honour, please visit the UK honours website:

GOV.UK - Nominate someone for an honour or award (external website)

National Honours

Honours are given to people who have made achievements in public life, committed themselves to serving and helping Britain. They will usually have made life better for other people, have made a difference to their community or be outstanding in what they do. They will come from all walks of life and all sections of society.

This can include long-term voluntary service, improving life for people less able to help themselves, or displaying moral courage and vision in making and delivering tough choices.

Nominations are particularly welcomed for 'local heroes' who are well respected by local people and who have made a difference in their community. Over half of all awards go to people who are putting something extra into their local area on a voluntary basis.

There are several different types of award, each one recognising a different type of contribution.

British Empire Medal (BEM) is awarded for very 'hands-on' service to the community in a local geographical area.

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) recognises an achievement or serice to the community which has delivered a sustained impact and which stands out as an example to others.

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) recognises those who have performed a distinguished regional or county-wide role in any field.

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) rewards a prominent national or regional role.

Dame or Knight is available for those who have made a pre-eminent contribution in any field, usually at a national level.

The honours list is announced twice a year on The Queen's official birthday and on New Year's Eve. The presentation of awards usually takes place at an investiture at Buckingham Palace. In some circumstances however the Lord-Lieutenant may be asked to present the award locally on behalf of The Queen.

Anyone can make a nomination for someone who they feel is fully deserving of an honour.

Visit the website for more information and how to make a nomination:

GOV.UK - Nominate someone for an honour or award (external website)

If you have already submitted an honours nomination and wish to have an update on its progress, you can contact the Honours and Appointments Secretariat at:

Email: honours@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are presented annually to businesses who have made outstanding progress in the categories of:

International Trade - recognising companies that have demonstrated growth in overseas earnings.

Innovation - recognising companies that have demonstrated commercial success through innovative products or services.

Sustainable Development - recognising companies that have integrated environmental, social, economic and management aspects of sustainable development into their business.

Promoting opportunity through social mobility - is awarded for social mobility programmes that help people from disadvantaged backgrounds into successful working lives.

Previous corporate winners have come from a diverse selection of business sectors and have included large and small businesses. This award relies on the business themselves submitting an application.

The benefits of winning the award include:

  • The use of a recognised Royal Emblem that will their business noticed, above and beyond the competition
  • global recognition as an outstanding British brand
  • likely increased sales and growth (past winners have reported that the Queen’s Award helped them win new business)
  • two places for the winning companies at a Royal reception at Buckingham Palace.

The winning companies will be presented with their Award by the Lord-Lieutenant on The Queen’s behalf. This gives a great opportunity not only to boost staff morale, but also to gain press coverage and celebrate together with partner local authorities, planners, supply chain and other stakeholders.

All applications must be made online, and companies can apply for more than one category.

All entry forms, eligibility criteria and information on how to apply is available at:

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise (external website)

Current Award-holders Within The Lieutenancy Area

2016 Award Winners

International Trade Award:

Bureau UK Recruitment Limited, Hull
Nitesite Ltd., Full Sutton

The Queen’s Innovation Award:

Crewshield Ltd., Hull
SG Technical Systems, Market Weighton

2017 Award Winners

The Queen’s International Trade Award:

Crewshield Ltd., Hull

The Queen’s Innovation Award:

Kohler Mira Ltd., Melton

2019 Award Winners

The Queen’s International Trade Award:

Ideal Boilers, Hull

The Queen’s Innovation Award:

Ideal Boilers, Hull

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service?

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

It was created in 2002 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Queen’s coronation.

When are the awards announced?

QAVS awardees are announced annually on 2 June, when a special London Gazette supplement, detailing all winning groups according to region, is published.

How are the winners nominated and chosen?

Anyone aware of the group, including people who benefit from the group’s activities, may make a nomination. After consideration, local assessment panels send their chosen nominations to a national award committee.

Who is eligible?

  • The group should be made up of two or more people
  • The group’s work must have been operating for a minimum of three years
  • More than half the people who work in the group must be volunteers
  • More than half the group’s volunteers must have the right of residence in the UK
  • The group must have the appropriate insurance(s) required for its work
  • The group must satisfy requirements to safeguard children and vulnerable adults, if appropriate.

What do we receive?

Successful groups receive a certificate signed by The Queen and a domed glass crystal, presented by the Lord-Lieutenant on behalf of Her Majesty. Two representatives from the group will also be invited to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

Nominations are made online and before a specified date in September to be considered for the following year’s awards.

Visit the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service website:

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (external website)

The Elizabeth Cross

The Elizabeth Cross and Memorial Scroll are granted to the Next of Kin of UK Armed Forces personnel who have died on operations or as a result of an act of terrorism in national recognition of their loss and sacrifice.

The Elizabeth Cross is not a posthumous medal for the fallen but an emblem demonstrating tangible national recognition for Service families for their loss.

Not all deaths of Service personnel are included in this scheme. The death of any service person, whatever the circumstances, is a tragic loss to his or her family and to the Armed Forces as a whole, but the Elizabeth Cross was instituted specifically to recognise the unique challenges that service personnel face on operations and from terrorism, and the particular burden this places on Service families.

The first Elizabeth Crosses and Memorial Scrolls were granted on 1 August 2009 (and will be retrospective to the end of the Second World War).

Further details and application forms can be found at:

GOV.UK - Request for the Elizabeth Cross and Memorial Scroll (external website)