The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for UK business. The Award was instituted by Royal Warrant in 1965 with the first Awards made in 1966, and they were designed to recognise outstanding achievements in business.
Over the years, the Awards have been changed to recognise outstanding achievements in numerous different fields. These fields are:
· International Trade
· Sustainable Development
· Promoting Opportunity (Through Social Mobility)
Westminster has been recognised for its excellence in International Trade for its outstanding growth in overseas sales and is one of just 205 organisations nationally for which Her Majesty The Queen has approved the Prime Minister's recommendation that Westminster be awarded the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise.
The Group is recognised globally for its specialist security and services expertise, operating worldwide via an extensive international network of agents and offices in over 50 countries. Over three years, Westminster's overseas sales have grown year on year by 96.4%, with overseas sales accounting for over 80% of total sales. Westminster supplied products and services to 66 countries in 2019 and 72 countries in 2020.
Peter Fowler commented on the award,
“I am delighted that Her Majesty the Queen has approved the Prime Minister’s recommendation that Westminster be awarded a Queen’s Award in recognition of our outstanding contribution to International Trade.
“The significance of this prestigious award is recognised worldwide and is an indication of the growth and momentum we have achieved with our world-wide business over the past few years.
“In November 2020 Westminster was recognised by the London Stock Exchange as one of the select 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain and to have now been selected for this distinguished award is an honour, not just for the Company but for all our employees around the world who have contributed to this success.
“Covid-19 travel restrictions etc. continue to create challenges for our business, however all indications are we will see a strong recovery this year as restrictions are lifted and I look forward to a robust performance for 2021.
The award will be formally presented by the Lord Lieutenant for Northamptonshire on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, at a ceremony at Westminster House on Friday, 30 July 2021.
To find out more about The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, click here to visit the Queen’s Award page on the gov.uk website.