Honours and Awards 

About Honours

Honours lists are published twice a year at New Year and in mid-June on the date of the Queen's Official Birthday. Anyone can receive an award if they reach the required standard of merit or service, and honours lists contain a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, communities and organisations. Anyone can nominate someone for an award.

The honours system is administered by the government and you can obtain more information from the government's Directgov website  as well as the British Monarchy website.

Do you know somebody who deserves to be recognised for the work they do in the community?

Any member of the public may nominate a person for a National Honour - be it a colleague, volunteer, teacher etc. The Lord-Lieutenant would like to encourage members of the public to put forward nominations. Forms are available below or from the Clerk to the Lieutenancy.

The Lieutenancy is not the sole agency through which nominations for honours are processed, but every effort will be made to assist members of the public who wish to nominate someone.

We have limited influence over the processing of nominees, but that should in no way discourage you from nominating individuals for honours.
Indeed, the more citations that are received, the more that person is likely to be recognised.

We feel it is vitally important that we know about the great work people are doing in our area, particularly in the voluntary sector. The information we receive also helps us with making recommendations for invitations to the Royal Garden Party held each summer at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.

The Lord-Lieutenant also holds occasional receptions in Renfrewshire for members of the community.

How do you nominate someone for an Honour?

You may submit a nomination at any time, and receipt of your nomination will be acknowledged, but thereafter it is not possible to provide any further information or progress reports on your nomination.  It should be noted that nominations can take up to three years to be considered.

Please click on the links below to download a Nomination Form and the Guidance Notes. The Nomination Form contains guidelines on how it should be completed, what information should be included and gives advice about supporting letters.


The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK for outstanding work done in their local communities.

Any group of two or more people doing volunteering work that is a social, economic or environmental service to the local community could receive the award. In order to be nominated, volunteer groups should do work that: provides activities and meets a need for people living in the local community; is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it; has developed and is run locally.

Volunteer groups should have a record of doing work in the local community.

Forms, Guidance and Information

The Nomination Forms have to be completed online and are available from the Queens Award for Voluntary Service website.

Guidance notes are also only available online.

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise 

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are highly prestigious awards for outstanding achievement by UK businessin the categories of Innovation, International Trade and Sustainable Development.   The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion is awarded to individuals sho encourage entrepreneurial skills and attitudes in others.

The awards are made annually by Her Majesty The Queen and are only given forthe highest levels of excellence.   They are judged to a demanding level and winners receive a number of benefits and worldwide recognition.

Previous corporate winners have come from a diverse selection of business sectors and have included large and small businesses.   Recipients of the individual award have been from varied social and professional backgrounds.

The closing date for entries is the last working day of September each year and the winners are announced on 21 April the following year.

For more information, including the links to the online application and nomination forms visit www.queensawards.org.uk.   For further enquiries please call The Queen's Awards' Office helpline on: 0207 215 6880 or e-mail: info@queensawards.org.uk.