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Would you credit it, we’re not honouring all our county heroes

July 9, 2014
ON THE RECEIVING END: Could this be you as the Queen hands out another award at Buckingham Palace

ON THE RECEIVING END: Could this be you as the Queen hands out another award at Buckingham Palace

STAFFORDSHIRE heroes and heroines are hiding their lights under a bushel – with the county falling short on getting its fair share of honours.

Now a high-level awareness campaign to track down even more of the county’s “great and good” is gathering pace.

Staffordshire’s Lord Lieutenant Ian Dudson is spearheading the drive to get royal recognition for voluntary groups, business and individuals in every community.

The Queen’s representative in the county is determined to identify a new batch of worthy nominees for the Birthday and New Year Honours’ lists.

“There are so many unsung heroes who deserve to be honoured but they need someone to nominate them,” said the lord lieutenant.

And he added: “Some regions are under-represented too, and notably the Midlands.”

Business-style cards are being distributed throughout civic circles in Staffordshire calling for the public’s help with the awards’ process.

They explain where people can go to nominate groups for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service; firms for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise; and national honours for individuals.

Below is a breakdown of the awards and where you can obtain information on them.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service: Voluntary groups in the county could be in receipt of this award which has equivalent status as an individual MBE. Recognises hard work within the community.

Winners receive a certificate signed by the Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal – both presented by the lord lieutenant.  Award recipients can use the Royal Crown logo on correspondence, and are invited to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

website      http://www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service/overview
email          queensaward@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk
tel               020 7271 6206

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: Corporate award recognising outstanding achievements by UK companies in three categories – International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development.

Winners receive worldwide recognition and extensive press coverage with the award, which is valid for five years. Winners are invited to a reception with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion recognises individuals who make outstanding contributions to enterprise culture in the UK. These awards never expire and recipients get a Buckingham Palace reception.

website      http://www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise/overviewemail          info@queensawards.org.uk
tel               020 7215 6880

National honours for individuals:

OBE – Award for a major local role in any activity, where work has made them known nationally in their chosen field.

MBE – Award for a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community. Awarded for local ‘hands-on’ service which stands out as an example to others.

BEM – Award for sustained, local contribution or innovative, high impact work of a relatively short duration (three to four years)
Honours received at Buckingham Palace from member of Royal Family.

website      http://www.gov.uk/honours/overview
email          honours@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk
tel               020 7276 2777

It’s vitally important that local people, who deserve to be recognised for their hard work, endeavour and achievements, actually find themselves on the nomination ladder that leads to an honour.

  • If you require any more details or clarification, then please call me on 01827 383886 or 07990 553938 as well as email at susan.arnold@lichfielddc.gov.

 

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