Today's blog comes from one of our judges, Will Tyler who is Chief Executive of Octink.
Will has over 20 years' experience in the display and graphics industry and is the driving force behind Octink's transformation into one of the UK’s leading display specialists. He has a passion for sustainability which makes him a perfect judge for our Sustainable Development category panel.
I have been a judge on the panel for Sustainable development for the last 3 years and look forward to the rich and varied entries. Each year offers up a host of new initiatives, it is these that hold the key to a successful application.
There can be little doubt about the level of promotion that will arise from winning this prestigious award. Every company that has made the grade looks on this not only as a huge achievement but, a springboard to drive their organisation forward. Once embedded the sustainability aspect leads to benefits far beyond those that are quoted as part of the application we get to see. It almost becomes a barometer for a balanced organisation with profitability on one side and human engagement on the other.
I am often asked if the Queen's Award is for larger companies. This is absolutely not the case. Each year a number of awards are made to very small businesses as a result of the impact they make. In many ways it is simpler for a small organisation to have a larger overall impact than a multinational as we look at it in terms of the relative scale to the size of the organisation. One aspect that is consist to all winners that they are leading their industries in terms of the sustainable agenda, I think sometimes many companies just do not realise how good they are.
If you feel that your company is making progress against the competition in terms of sustainability take the time to put an application in. The hard work is most likely already done, all that remains is to fill in the form…