The King’s Awards for Enterprise is the most prestigious business award a UK Business can win.

There are only 4 categories, each with rigorous eligibility criteria:


To be eligible to enter, you must;

  • Be based in the UK
  • Have two or more full-time employees
  • Have had a substantial sustainable development action or intervention for at least two years

The entry form is focused and based on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which you can see here if you’re not familiar with them.


Have a look at some of the winners from previous years:

St Austell Brewery – an award-winning brewery which has expanded across the South West of England. St Austell Brewery has been awarded for their Cornish Barley Growers’ Initiative to reintroduce barley as a staple crop of the county.

Belu Water Limited – by working with hotels, restaurants and bars, Belu deliver water with the lowest carbon footprint possible. Belu were awarded for their continuous work to reduce CO2 emissions and reduce the impact on the environment in the water sector.

Anglian Water Services – supplying water and water recycling services to over 6 million customers in the east of England. Anglian Water Services were awarded for their sustainable development achievements in embedding sustainability throughout their operations. Their Love Every Drop strategy details their commitment to sustainability for the whole business.

Jaguar Land Rover – the international car company were awarded for Sustainable Development in recognition of their initiative to reduce the environmental impact of their productions. Jaguar’s “whole lifecycle” approach to the production of vehicles aims to reduce the environmental impact from the use of raw materials to the eventual disposal of a vehicle.


The awards are rigorous, but certainly not impossible to win — so long as you fit the criteria for the chosen category and sub-category, have a compelling narrative, and can tie up your strategy, your story, and your results in a way that shows you are outstanding. If the Sustainable Development category isn’t right for you, have a look at the other categories available for you to enter;


Find out if you are ready to enter the awards and how likely you are to succeed in the Sustainable Development category by contacting us today.

Arrange your consultation, and we will provide an honest assessment of your chances of winning.

You can find out more about our The King’s Awards for Enterprise service here.