Honours & Awards

Honours in the UK Honours System.  Click for a link to www.gov.UK/honours

The Honours system is apolitical.  The Lord-Lieutenant is particularly keen to encourage leaders from all parts of the community to identify individuals that, based on their knowledge of their communities, can identify individuals worthy of receiving an Honour.  The Lieutenancy is particularly keen to encourage nominations from parts of the community where nominations have been few and far between.

People get honours for achievements like:

  • making a difference to their community or field of work
  • enhancing Britain’s reputation
  • long-term voluntary service
  • innovation and entrepreneurship
  • changing things, with an emphasis on achievement
  • improving life for people less able to help themselves
  • displaying moral courage 

In order to assist you in nominating someone, here are two additional resources:-

The Queen’s Awards for EnterpriseClick for a link to www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise

There are four Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.  International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development are applicable for organisations while Enterprise Promotion celebrates the work of individuals.  A business can nominate itself and the closing date for entries is the last working day of September.  An organisation is eligible if it is:

  • based in the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).
  • files its Company Tax Returns with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
  • is a self-contained enterprise that markets its own products or services and is under its own management.
  • has at least 2 full-time UK employees or part-time equivalents.
  • demonstrates strong corporate social responsibility.

The organisation can be business or non-profit.

Each of the award categories has additional entry criteria.

The Queen’s Awards for Voluntary ServiceClick for a link to https://qavs.direct.gov.uk

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (the MBE for volunteering) is for outstanding achievement by groups of people who volunteer their own time to enhance and improve the quality of life and opportunities for others in their local communities. 

When undertaking its assessment of county nominations, the Lieutenancy considers evidence (as quantitative as possible) of:

  • need for the group's activity;
  • the group's impact, reputation and sustainability;
  • Click here for a list of voluntary groups in Bristol awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service
  • how it may have overcome obstacles (resilience).

Furthermore, we look for evidence that the:

  • volunteer activity and experience are exceptional,
  • group is volunteer-led
  • role and mission of volunteers is explicit

 We also expect evidence to show how far the group has achieved, or is moving towards achieving, standards of excellence in its organisation and its volunteers.

Please do not hesitate to think about a group - charitable organisation or community group - to nominate. Here are two links to assist you:

  • Nominations must be made on line to central government, not the Lieutenancy: the link to the Awards is here:

Click for a link to: https://qavs.direct.gov.uk

Please read it through, especially the helpful and comprehensive FAQ section.

Good luck – and please keep nominating!