National Honours

Honours are given to people from all walks of life and all sections of society who have made a difference to their community. There are several different types of award, each one recognising a different type of contribution.


Most awards are made in the Order of the British Empire, which has a number of levels ranging from Knight or Dame.

In honour of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours in 2012, the British Empire Medal was reintroduced. This rewards an achievement or contribution of a very 'hands on' service to the community. This could take the form of sustained commitment in support of a charity or voluntary activity, or innovative work which has delivered real impact in a short time.


The Honours List is announced twice a year on Her Majesty’s official birthday and on New Year’s Eve.
The presentation of awards usually takes places at an investiture at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle. However, in some circumstances the Lord-Lieutenant may be asked to present the award locally on behalf of Her Majesty.



Queen's Award for Enterprise and

The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion

Queen's Award for Enterprise and The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion

These awards are made annually (21st April) on The Queen’s actual birthday and are designed to recognise businesses that have made an outstanding contribution.

There are three categories:

•   International Trade   •   Innovation   •   Sustainable Development

The Queen’s Awards Office will advise The Lord-Lieutenant of successful businesses in Tyne and Wear. It is the role of the Lord-Lieutenant to make arrangements for the presentation ceremony.


The winners of the 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise are:

Walker Filtration Limited, Washington

Integrated Display Systems Limited, Wallsend

In recent years, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion has been awarded to organisations such as:

Find out more about the nomination process and previous recipients of the award by visiting the Business Link site


Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion is presented to individuals who have significant involvement in promoting enterprise skills and encouraging entrepreneurial attitudes in others. Those that are presented with the award have been nominated by other individuals for their wide ranging skills and support of enterprise in the UK.

The award is for those who have given up their time to support others in developing their skills, perhaps through being a mentor or role model.

The individual may have been involved in social enterprises or promoting business enterprises in disadvantaged communities. There are a whole range of activities that may result in an individual being nominated for this award.


The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is an annual award for outstanding achievement by groups who volunteer their own time to enhance and improve the quality of life of others. Information on the nomination process is available on the Directgov site.


The Lord-Lieutenant advises on nominations within their lieutenancy. The awards are announced annually and The Lord-Lieutenant presents the awards on behalf of Her Majesty, The Queen.


The winners of the 2016 Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service are:

  • Daft As A Brush, Newcastle
  • Tynemouth World War One Commemorative Project, Tynemouth


Nominations are currently being sought for 2017, the closing date for nominations is midnight 16th September 2016. Winners will be formally announced on the 2nd June 2017.