Honours and Awards

The honours system in the UK is designed to recognise people and who make a real difference to their community or in their field of work.

The Lord-Lieutenant very much wants to encourage more nominations from all communities in Norfolk and identify those individuals who would be worthy of receiving an honour, particularly in areas where people have not previously been recognised.

Honours for Individuals

Honours are given to people for sporting or other major national achievements but many more honours are awarded to those who don’t make the headlines. An honour can recognise the achievements of ordinary people who do extraordinary things but they must still be actively involved in what you’re nominating them for. Anyone can nominate anyone for an honour but, importantly, you must not tell them.

If you know someone who has made a significant difference in their community or field of work or who has achieved great things against the odds, then please consider nominating them for an honour.

The King’s Award for Enterprise

The King’s Award for Enterprise is for outstanding achievement by UK businesses for:

  • Innovation
  • International trade
  • Sustainable development
  • Promoting opportunity through social mobility

Recognition of business achievements is of vital importance to the growth of the county and the Lord-Lieutenant encourages business leaders to submit nominations for these awards. Businesses can apply for more than one award and all of them are free to enter.

The King’s Award for Voluntary Service

The King’s Award for Voluntary Service is for outstanding achievement by groups that volunteer their own time to enhance and improve the quality of life and opportunity of others in our local communities. It is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.

The King’s Award for Voluntary Service was established by Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 2002 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of her Coronation. The first awards were given in 2003.  Winners receive a certificate signed by the King and a domed glass crystal both presented by the Lord-Lieutenant. Representatives from the group may also be invited to attend a Royal Garden Party.

Business Recognition

Winners of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise often state that their achievement has opened new doors for them in terms of securing new contracts, venturing into new markets, and further developing their business. If successful in winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the organisation receives a Grant of Appointment and is able to display the award emblem for up to 5 years, with access to a thriving alumni network of previous award winners.

  • Presentation of medals and awards on behalf of His Majesty
  • Participation in civic, voluntary and social activity within Norfolk
  • Liaison with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and their associated Cadet Forces
  • Leadership of the Local Magistracy as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace (Magistrates)