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Queen's Award for Enterprise opens for applications

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is encouraging local firms to apply for the 2022 Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Last week, it was announced that Appleby-based Barrnon had been successful in the Innovation section of the 2021 awards.

Established in 2007, Barrnon is an engineering services provider. The company identified an opportunity to develop specialist equipment for the decommissioning of nuclear sites, with the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise recognising their success.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious business awards, offering recipients global recognition that their company is outstanding in its field.

They recognise and encourage the outstanding achievements of UK businesses in the fields of:

  • Innovation
  • International Trade
  • Sustainable Development
  • Promoting Opportunity through social mobility

The awards are valid for five years and the winners will be:

  • invited to a Royal reception;
  • presented with the award at their company by the Lord-Lieutenant, The Queen’s representative for Cumbria;
  • able to fly The Queen’s Awards flag at their main office, and use the emblem on their marketing materials (for example, on packaging, advertisements, stationery and website);
  • given a Grant of Appointment (an official certificate) and a commemorative crystal trophy.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria, Mrs Claire Hensman, the Queen’s representative in Cumbria, said: “It’s wonderful that Barrnon has once again showcased the excellence that exists in Cumbria by being awarded this prestigious national award.

“It is a significant achievement and provides the recognition that they deserve. I hope it will help their business continue to innovate and grow. Barrnon’s success will hopefully encourage other businesses to try for a Queen’s Award, in the future.

“I am keen to demonstrate that here in Cumbria we have many innovative and enterprising companies. National recognition of our businesses would be good for the county’s economy, particularly as we look to recover from the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the business community.

“The last twelve months have been tough for many of our businesses and people, given the challenges presented by the pandemic. Despite these challenges our businesses have demonstrated remarkable resilience and are looking forward to the future. The Awards provides the perfect opportunity to recognise what has been achieved.

“If businesses are interested in the Awards, my Deputy Lieutenants may be able to advise on the application process, so please feel free to make contact with the Lieutenancy Office to see how we can help.”

The office can be contacted on 01228 221722 or E-mail:

Cumbria LEP Chief Executive Jo Lappin added: “Cumbria has many ambitious and innovative businesses, which have demonstrated incredible resilience, creativity and adaptability, over the past year.

“The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are a great way of recognising business success. The Lord Lieutenant has outlined why the Awards matter and can make a real difference to businesses and I would strongly encourage our businesses to apply.

“Winning an award offers businesses multiple benefits, including global recognition of outstanding performance, the chance to recognise the excellent contribution that its people are making to the business and increasing opportunities for growth through sales and exports.”

Entries opened for the 2022 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise on Saturday (May 1) and the deadline for entries is September 10, 2021 at midday, with winners due to be announced in April 2022.

Almost all UK businesses (including non-profit) can apply and the application process is free. All applications must be made online.

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

The Lieutenancy may also be able to offer advice to eligible applicants:

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