Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside appeals to region’s business groups to help promote special ‘King’s Award for Enterprise’ Event

Following the success of our special event last year to galvanise businesses in Merseyside to apply for the King’s Award for Enterprise (KAE), I am staging a 2024 edition to be held on Wednesday, May 15th.

An important part of my role as Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside, representing His Majesty the King in Merseyside, is to promote the public honours system and to explain how to apply for the KAE. The KAE recognises the outstanding achievements of UK businesses across four operating categories:

  • International Trade
  • Innovation
  • Sustainable Development
  • Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility


King Charles III’s scheme acknowledges business excellence. These awards are well supported by many regions around the UK but unfortunately the application numbers from Merseyside companies in the past have been somewhat disappointing, hence last year I launched an initiative to rectify this situation.

I pulled together a group of experienced and knowledgeable businessmen and businesswomen (including the Head of the King’s Award for Enterprise in the Department for Business and Trade) for a two-hour long event aimed at helping organisations understand the benefits of obtaining the KAE and how to make a successful application.

This inaugural event was attended by around 100 people. It resulted in doubling the number of KAE applications in 2023 from Merseyside, compared with the previous year.  This was very encouraging, and I am hoping that even more businesses will accept my invitation to attend this year’s special briefing. However,  to achieve this I require your help.

I am asking that business groups across Merseyside, such as Chambers of Commerce, the Small Business Federation and other representative bodies, help to spread the news through your own networking channels.  Between us, I am confident that we can reach out to the numerous businesses across the region and entice them to attend on May 15th to learn about the KAE and benefits of official Royal recognition of their enterprises. This is a FREE to attend event that will help businesses to make a successful application.

Liverpool is recognised worldwide as a leading centre for business and trade while the City and wider Merseyside region have a multitude of outstanding and innovative businesses across a range of sectors. My goal is to encourage even more of these fantastic businesses to apply for KAE recognition this year.

My event on Wednesday, May 15th at The Athenaeum, Church Valley, Liverpool, L1 3DD includes the Head of the King’s Award Office and previous KAE winners speaking about the application process with advice on what is required to make a successful application.

In the past many Merseyside companies have either simply not been aware of the KAE and the process for achieving such an award or have not understood how beneficial an award can be for their business. This event is aimed at addressing this situation and will be a great opportunity for networking and to meet new business contacts.

I would also appeal to those businesses that may have submitted an application for a QAE or KAE in the past and were unsuccessful to please reapply. I realise applications involve a lot of time and effort, but the awards are immensely rewarding for recipients and are well worth applying for. I  encourage those who have unfortunately failed in the past to please take the opportunity of attending this special briefing event which will guide you on what is required to make a successful application.  It is important that if at first you don’t succeed, try again!

My wish is that many more Merseyside businesses will take up the invitation to our 2024 KAE briefing, and I welcome your assistance in helping us to promote this across the Merseyside region.

Details of the full programme are below.  If you wish to attend, please contact: Helen Tanzey: Clerk to the Lieutenancy of Merseyside msl.clerk@lieutenancy.info

Event Programme 

09.30hrs Registration and Refreshments. 

10.00hrs Opening – Max Steinberg CBE

Address from Nicky Bruno followed by Q&A (Head of King’s Award for Enterprise Dept. for Business and Trade).

Speaker – Warren Gavin (Successful recipient of Queen’s Award for International Trade)

Speaker – Professor John Mohin OBE D.Univ (The dos and don’ts” – feedback from the KAE Assessors).

Speaker – Tracey Mawson CEO St. Helens Chamber of Commerce (Successful recipient of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise and a King’s Award for Enterprise).

Closing remarks – Mark Blundell, Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside

Networking opportunity

12.30hrs Event closes